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Isn't it strange...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

... how when you learn a new word or concept you then see that word many times in the subsequent days?

I was sitting at work today and was thinking about worry and I came up with a blog entry about it. I then logged on to my computer just now and one of my Spark emails for today was the one on worry. I then read a post to a thread that I subscribe to and the poster was talking about letting go of worry and fear and trusting in God. I guess I'm meant to talk about this then!

I've read many quotes from various sources on the subject of worry. The one I saw today on SP was:

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom

This makes sense to me. I understand it completely. Why, then, more frequently than I would like, do I end up worrying about something that robs me of my sense of equilibrium, my feeling of inner peace? I'm almost forty years old and have experienced many, many times a sense of almost paralyzing fear, consuming anxiety, overwhelming worry over a situation that, without exception, turns out well in the end. The end is not always the one I expect, or even the one I thought I desired, but it is resolved satisfactorily nonetheless.

I wonder how to remember those resolutions in future. To remind myself that things *do* have a way of working out. To let go the sense of control I often like to believe I possess.

To submit myself completely to God's will in my life.

cj
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  • OSOPRETTY
    I needed to read that today I am so low on my faith factor. Thank you nagain.
    4545 days ago
  • CATIATM
    *sigh* Yes, I saw that quote, too. It's so true. I waste too much time fretting and not enough time attacking the things causing me stress and worry in the first place. I hope focusing on it helps you to put it in its place!
    4565 days ago
  • SAMODER
    Here is a prayer that I like to recite... Sam

    The Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.

    --Reinhold Niebuhr

    In loving memory of
    Fr Bertram Griffin -- 1932-2000
    Requiescat in Pace

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will direct your paths.

    Proverbs 3, 5-6
    4565 days ago
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