Ministerial Musings – “You Gotta Have Faith”

When I was in elementary and middle school, I was in a lot of spelling bees. And when I say “a lot”, I mean that I went to fifteen of them between first and eighth grade, including Nationals three times, taking fourth place in 1996. I was sort of an anxious individual when I was that age, so before each spelling bee, my dad always used to read Philippians 4:6-7 to me: “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 Jesus Christ.”
And it usually worked. Now, you would think that these days, being older, wiser, more mature, it would occur naturally to me to take a breath, let it go, and trust in God. But you would be wrong, because on the night of Saturday, March 14th, I found myself pretty worried.
That was the night before the fundraiser dinner for the CYF Mission Trip. We had already had to overcome a number of obstacles to get to that point – the number of youth able to go shrinking, conflicts with East Buchanan’s summer sports schedules, and Zack and Tabatha Craft having to step away from youth due to Taryn being born, among other things. Add to that the fact that the dinner had already been postponed by two weeks due to snow, and I was feeling rather anxious about the success of the dinner.
And then Sunday came. Yes, indeed, Sunday came, and we raised nearly $4,000, more than doubling the amount of money that had been raised for the mission trip to that date.
The very next night, at the Monday night Bible study, part of the Scripture lesson for that night’s chapter was from Matthew 6:34 – “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Something tells me God was trying to get a message across to me.
There’s a great many things that we might find worthy of worrying about in our lives, whether they’re spelling bees, fundraiser dinners, or any number of other challenges that we may face. God asks us to let go of those worries, to trust in the grace and mercy which we have been given, and live our lives for today. Then, the peace of God, which CERTAINLY surpasses our understanding, will guard our hearts and minds…
…in Jesus Christ.


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