This has been quite an interesting fall for many of us and even before my brother was killed, I was already stressed. I’m not the only one. Whether it’s the challenges in the real estate market, family drama (this applies to everyone!), being sick for a freakishly long time, dealing with stupid people in general and even just simple time management, fall is always stressful.
I have many friends that have expressed that they too have been stressed. People meet me in person and I’m not a chipper chick per se, but people always think I have it soooo together. And to be honest, I do- I’m rarely knocked down too far. Want to know why? My faith. Whether you share my beliefs or not, I’ll share with you what keeps ME strong, thankful and faithful.
*(FIRST) Jeremiah 29:11-14—“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord.”
This verse was the foundation of the eulogy at my brother’s funeral. I rarely experience anger (uh, irritation is totally different!), nor do I question God’s will for me- this is what makes people think I’m so held together. Okay, let’s be honest- I’m not held together, I’m just given calm by the words in Jeremiah… think about it- He already has a plan for you and the plans are good! Even if they don’t feel good right now, they ARE good, I promise!
*(SECOND) Luke 18:9-14—“Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Being humble keeps you centered, no matter what your religion. When you have treasure, NEVER forget those who don’t. When you are in grace with God, NEVER forget those who aren’t. Life is much easier for me since I let someone else drive (you know, the big guy in the sky). I encourage you to find the center of your faith- Christians, Muslims, Hindus, EVERYONE!
It is the key to the calm in my life, no matter how treacherous the storm!