‘We find ourselves drawn to things and people that diminish us rather than build us.’ Wise words from A Pastor’s Thoughts this morning. I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew:
‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’
Matthew 6:24 NRSVA
‘…do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’
Matthew 6:31-34 NRSVA
and of Paul’s beautiful words to his friends at Philippi:
‘Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.’
Philippians 4:6-8 NRSVA
These have been the greatest lessons for me so far on my journey of recovery. In Celebrate Recovery they were simplified into a pithy phrase which I also find so helpful: ‘one day at a time’. When I live just for today, choosing not to dwell on the bad stuff, resting in the arms of Christ, today, tomorrow, for all my tomorrows, it takes an enormous burden off my shoulders. It allows me to deal with all the nasty stuff still floating in my head (it doesn’t go away – no one waved a magic wand)…
…and to cope.
This is grace.