Have any of you ever felt stressed at the end of the day because something didn’t go as you had hoped or planned? I put a lot of pressure on myself to not let people down and do the right thing. But sometimes I over think things to the point where I paralyze myself rather than acting confidently. So, the other night I began to think about what it is that I really spend my time focusing on, thinking about, and yes, even stressing over. The more I thought about it, I began to realize that all the things that I spend time thinking about and stressing over have taken the place of the Lord. I know that may seem a bit extreme, but think about it with me, when I stress out about work, money, friends, and even family, I am placing some type of excessive value on approval or success defined by those things.
Scripture is very clear that we can only serve one god and gives specific examples of how to address each of these in relation to Himself.
Work: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV)
Money: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 ESV)
Friends & Family: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26 ESV)
Don’t get me wrong, there is a fine balance between doing each of those things well, as we are called to in Scripture, but we are never told to allow them to take His place.
So, what is it that you put an exorbitant amount of energy and focus in each day? And what do you need to do to correct that focus?
I had the opportunity last spring to write a creed that states my beliefs of the Lord. I have included it below. Let me know what you think.
I believe in one God, the almighty, omniscient, omnipresent Abba Father; spoken creator of all things seen and unseen, initiator of time, and designer of man in His own image, and in woman as the suitable helper for man.
I believe in Satan, the originator of Sin and manipulator of humankind such that we are born into sin and incapable of living without it, saved only by Jesus of Nazareth, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and sent by God as His only Son that was the same substance of the Father, perfect and blameless without sin; a teacher and a prophet, who was falsely punished, abused, crucified, and buried under Pontius Pilate. On the third day he arose from the dead as the Messiah, Christ, atoning for our sins and freely granting forgiveness to His children. He stands as the bridegroom, serving His bride, the church, as an example of the marriage covenant.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life and essence of the Father and Son, breathed down at Pentecost as our mediator for Christ, empowering the one holy and apostolic church, inspiring the scripture, lived individually, but experienced in community through one baptism for remission of sins and the sharing of the Lord’s Table.
I believe in one salvation, through Jesus Christ, who will resurrect the dead to eternal life in His kingdom that has no end.
I am a 25 year old who lives in Marietta, GA. I currently work for Chick-fil-A’s corporate office and I am completing a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministries with a focus in Servant Leadership. I am married to my best friend, Cris, and have enjoyed 2 and a half years with her as my bride. We were married in May of 2007 at the church where we met in high school.
I have a passion for men to know more about God and step into their roles as leaders and husbands. I am an IT geek at heart and have a desire to see the Lord intertwined with the gifts that we have on the internet.