DON’T BORROW TROUBLE!
Many of you know that I started this blog in memory of my Mama who passed away in 2006. Esophageal Cancer took her from us just four short months after her diagnosis. Mom was 78. Even when she found out about her illness, her first response was: “Well, we’re supposed to bloom where we’re planted, aren’t we?” Mama made it a habit to not borrow trouble often using the word “concerned” in lieu of “worried”.
Adopted at age three, Mama went on to marry, Johnny, the love of her life at age 21 and live an extraordinary life, impacting others for good wherever she turned. Multitudes have been blessed with her memory, her heritage, including six grown, married children, twenty-six grands and twelve great-grands. A legacy like Mama’s lives on forever!
I can honestly say that I think of my Mama every single day, and I probably always will. One reason my thoughts go to her is because of the many life mantras she lived out during our days shared together.
One of these which I consider often is “Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow by worrying.” This brief nugget of wisdom can be applied to so many moments in our lives.
Is someone making a long trip and you are hoping for traveling mercies? Do you have a family member who is ill and you don’t know how to best help them? Is someone you love expecting a child and you are praying for a safe delivery? Has your child left for college and now, you have no idea what their days and nights look like? Is someone you adore suffering with the disease of addiction? Are you having communication issues with a close relationship and you are unsure how it will turn out? Do you have uncertain circumstances coming up in your journey? Are you and your sweetheart planning to start a family and the timing is not what you had thought it would be?
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Have you had a recent surgery, are going through physical therapy and you are not sure if you are healing well? Are you wondering how that “special wedding day” will turn out, that day you all have planned extensively for? Are you having health issues and you are not sure which direction to turn? Is a beloved one away serving in our military? Has someone dear to your heart passed recently, leaving you wondering how you will keep living?
What might you add to this list that you find yourself worrying about?
Borrowing trouble from tomorrow is a bad kind of debt because it is “borrowing” with absolutely no pay-off whatsoever. Worry is often the nonacceptance of circumstances that you cannot do anything about. Even the Bible reminds us to not borrow trouble from tomorrow. See Matthew 6:25-34. The Serenity Prayer helps me so much as I continue to desire days where I do not borrow any trouble from tomorrow:
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.
How will you and I avoid borrowing trouble from tomorrow
in the days, weeks and months ahead?
Click here to listen to a Michael W. Smith song
and here for a Hillsong UNITED Oceans
song, two songs that have encouraged me in this very thing.
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