Sometimes it's hard to sort through all of the thoughts running through my mind.
I do believe that it is healthy to have those "normal" common sense “concerns” that make us, for example, hold our child’s hand when we walk on the sidewalk next to a busy avenue, or lock the house door at night before we go to bed, or close the windows and lock the car when we park it. Things like that are the results of just plain common sense.
But it’s the “worries,” the “what if” scenarios, and the “paranoia” that can rob us of the joy in anything we do.
Like for example, when you’re on a gorgeous deserted beach with your family and it gets dark. You know you’re perfectly safe, but, those “what ifs” just won’t let you stay! So you force you family back to the car, and that’s the end of that.
Or you’re at a restaurant enjoying a meal with your wife and you can’t concentrate on your date because you’re “scoping” everyone out, and thinking of the proper reaction “just in case” a group of thieves comes through to rob everyone.
Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that it is better to be safe than sorry, and that we can never be too careful, but ever since I was a little boy, my mind has raced with many “what ifs.” Most just make me laugh, some make me cry, a few have made me lose my sleep.
What if this…
What if that…
What if this and that…
Or, what if this and this and that…
Or, what if that and this and this and that…
Now that I am an adult, well, at least I am a “gown up,” the context and content of my thoughts may have changed, but the fact is, I still suffer the constant haunting of the “what ifs.”
A well know American writer once said: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
Most “what ifs” never happen outside of our minds.
The only true remedy that I have found to my mental dilemma is to meditate on the Word of God.
Specific Scriptures such as: Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Romans 8:6, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
I Samuel 12:24, “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”
Job 37:14, “Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.”
Hebrews 12:3, “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
I Timothy 4:15, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
Philippians 4:6-8, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
And the list goes on.
Psalm 1:2, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalm 104:33-34, “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD."
So my conclusion to it all is this: “So what if what if?”
I must focus the thoughts of my heart on WHAT IS, and on HIS Word, putting the “what ifs” in His hands.
The result is the perfect peace of God that “passeth all understanding” and a heart kept by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!
Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful day, and remember this: of all the “what ifs,” running through your mind, most just run in circles, never making it outside.
PS – Always mind your surroundings; because you never know…
Sorry, I couldn’t help it.
The theme for the Igreja Batista Vitória - Joinville this year is "COMMITTED". Our main Bible verse is Luke 9:23, "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Some of the monthly themes will be "Committed to God" "Committed to God's Word" "Committed to Prayer" "Committed to Family" Committed to Evangelism/Missions" among others. We are excited about what the Lord has in store for us this year and we are committed to doing our very best to obey His leading throughout each day. Thank you for your commitment in faithful prayer for us. James Allen