40 DAYA WITH GOD for personal reflection
Edited By Lena Joseph
Reading for Personal Growth, 40 Days with God by Matthew Myers
DAY 17 - Think positive
Bobby McFerran wrote a song called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” years ago that was a huge hit for him. A song that could easily be a hymn as it is the spirit of this group of verses completely in my opinion.
The song goes: Here’s a little song I wrote, You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry, be happy now
I know the song part is a bit of a joke, but truly Jesus tells us we are not to worry about things. We should always be rejoicing in the Lord. If we have a need, a worry, a concern, or even a want – pray about it with praise and thanksgiving then present your request to God. The anxiety you feel or the worry will go away. As verse 4:7 says: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus. In other words, like the song says…. Don’t worry be happy.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice, and the God of peace will be with you. “
Oh yeah, easy for me to say! And how am I supposed to do that? Jesus explains that to us in the next two verses. (Go figure, he would tell us repeatedly how to attain peace, love, and forgiveness yet we never seem to get it and have to be told repeatedly) He tells us to dwell on the good things. ANYTHING that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy – think about such things. Some will call that positive thinking. In this case, I will call it obedience to God. And whatever you learn from the bible and Jesus’s teachings, put it into practice. Obey him and follow his teachings and Jesus says, “and the God of peace WILL be with you.”
He tells you then to not dwell on the bad things like your troubles but to think about the good things and give thanks while practicing his teachings and God will give you peace. Have you ever been to the beach, on top of a mountain, or deep in a forest and everything is quiet? You stand and look in wonder at all the beautiful things that God has created laid out before you and you feel that awe in the beauty and splendor of it all. That is just a snippet of God’s peace. He is telling us we can have that all the time if we just look at all of his creations with that same awe and wonderment. Appreciate what he had done and stop dwelling on the minuscule mess we have created in his grand creation. God did all this and we worry about something that in 50 years, will anyone even know it happened?
So ok, maybe the song is a stretch but the spirit of it matches what Jesus is telling us. Give God our troubles, think positive, and follow his teachings, then we will have God’s peace. Sounds like an awesome trade to me.
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