Our lives are stuck in neutral. We like our freedom to move about in America. We love to have things our way and not be stopped and threatened if we don’t do certain things. That is why we see the gathering of the storm clouds in the nation with protests in several states. In some of the areas, officials have taken away certain guaranteed rights that we have and have said people would receive a fine if they did not obey.
People are going stir crazy right now. The four walls of our houses are closing in upon us, and we are feeling boxed in. Our mental state of affairs is not doing so well. It is hard to think straight. As a result, family relationships are on edge within our houses. The tension is building, and some family members have reached their mental limits. There could be a danger on the horizon.
I am a man “made for motion.” I always want to be on the move. I am at my best when I am moving around. When I am singing in our worship service, I like to be active. During the preaching, I like to be in motion. Someone told me the other day that in my preaching in the online services that I needed to quit moving around so much. I cannot because it is in me to move. Also, I feel like my life is in neutral being in front of a computer 6-7 hours per day. I keep thinking, “What can I do to keep from losing my mind?”
Let me suggest that we should heed what the Bible says for us to do when our lives are stuck in neutral. Paul was in prison in Rome when he wrote the Book of Philippians. He offered the Philippians some words of wisdom by writing, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done .. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand .. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
I am suggesting four steps we need to take when we feel distressed while our life is in neutral.
#1 Recognize that God has the power to take care of you and meet your needs.
#2 Realize that God will meet all of your needs. Notice “everything in vs. 6.
#3 Reminisce (give thanks) about all that God has done for you in the past.
#4 Rejoice in the peace that God extends to you through Jesus Christ.
Paul has given us a game plan for overcoming our anxiety and concerns. Let’s start practicing it today.
Here is an assignment. It is not original, just practical. Go to your computer, and open up a blank page in your computer word processing program. Start listing at least 20 things that you are grateful for that the Lord has done for you. Then, thank Him for each of those things.
Next, write down all of the needs that you have in each part of your life. Ask God to meet your needs in each area of your life.
As you do these things, your attention will be centered on Jesus Christ and his blessings. You will then experience the peace of God in your heart.
Try it, you will enjoy it!!