Pilot Knob Lutheran You Have a Decision to Make 9/20/2023
It doesn’t take long to discover a universal emotion we all wrestle with from our earliest days on earth: worry. We worry because of life’s many uncertainties. There are times we all feel vulnerable and not in control. What does this lead to? Worry.
Because we cannot control what comes our way, how we choose to handle life’s uncertainties and surprises is what really matters. We worry about job security, paying bills, the safety of our children, their future choices when out on their own, our heath as we get older, relationships and the fear of failure, to name just a few. The crazy thing is that we think worrying is actually doing something about it, that somehow it will prevent a bad outcome. Worry produces the feeling we are doing something about our situation, but all it does is leave us feeling miserable and exhausted. What good is that?
Worry is a daily choice we make. We can decide to worry and fret over something that is out of our control or we can decide or choose to put the gloom and doom behind us and focus on hope, the light from above. This isn’t ‘positive thinking’ which generally denies there are problems and it is not wishful thinking. It is realistic thinking. This thinking, this choosing your focus is not that circumstances will always go your way, but rather that you are not alone in facing your seemingly impossible situations
Again, situations come without our asking, but the decision to worry about them is ours. We all must choose how we will respond to the uncertainties of life: either with worry and anxiety or with hope and confidence. Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.~ To be continued. ~
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way:
Today: 3:45 Confirmation class.
September 24, 9:00 AM Morning worship. Sermon: 1 Samuel 4:12-22. That’s Not Normal
10:15 Sunday school for all ages.
October 1, 2-3:30 will be the start of GriefShare. For more information go to: https://www.griefshare.org/findagroup or contact Pr. Bob or Sue Reese
Sermons may be heard on KIOW 107.3 FM Sunday mornings at 7:00. Spread the word. If you would like to support this outreach with a contribution, it costs $55 each week.