Today, I'm participating in the meme In Other Words Tuesday. Patricia is hosting this week on her blog Typing One-Handed. You can link there to find other participating blogs.
Here's this week's quote:
"What would happen if we stopped lamenting about the fifty things we can't control and focused our attention on the fifty thousand things we can control? What would happen if we stopped whining about things we have the power to change and finally took charge of our lives and changed them? What would happen if we stopped borrowing sorrow from tomorrow? If we got in the habit of asking ourselves, "What's on my plate today?"...From Chocolatherapy: Satisfying the Deepest Cravings of Your Inner Chick by Karen Scalf Linamen
This is a good quote for me to ponder. You see, I have a habit of worrying about tomorrow. I hate to admit this and I'm working on it. My mom was a worrier. Now, I'm not blaming her because I know I'm responsible for how I choose to respond to situations. But my first instinct is to worry.
One of my good friends always reminds me that most of the things we worry about ...never happen. And then you've wasted worry time on something that never even happens.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus goes into detail about how we are not to worry. After all, He provides food for the birds. And how much more valuable are we? Worrying doesn't add a day to my life.
Verse 34 ends with "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
That's a good lesson for me. I know this in my head. It's just a long way from my head to my heart. And that's where it needs to go for me to apply it.
As I think about the quote from Chocolatherapy, I realize that there's much in the world that I want to see changed. I can get upset about issues but do nothing to change them.
I'm not in control of other people's actions but I am in control of my own. And that's a start.
What can I do?
I may not be able to end world hunger ...but I can sponsor a World Vision child.
I may not be able to stop abortion ...but I can vote for candidates who are pro-life.
I may not be able to stop the increasing violence and sex on television ...but I can choose to turn these shows off in my home.
I may not be able to end heart disease ...but I can eat healthy and exercise to prevent my family history from continuing with me.
I may not be able to change another person's heart to love Jesus ...but I can pray for my friends who don't know Him and share His love with them.
I guess there are many ways I can make a difference. And when I make the choice to focus on something I can do to change my life, I'm less inclined to worry about tomorrow.
How about you? Are you a worrier? Are there issues in your life that you could stop whining about and ...start changing?