Last Second Shot-Friday
So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.
"At dinner David's mom and dad each gave him a hug. 'You played a great game. Don't worry about missing that basket,' his mom said. David couldn't stop worrying. He had disappointed the whole team. 'I really messed up. The whole team was counting on me,' he said. 'I let them down. I don't want to play anymore.' David's parents tried to comfort him. Their kind words didn't make David feel any better though. David could not stop thinking about that shot he missed at the end of the big game. He was worried that his teammates would be angry with him. He was worried that his parents would not be proud of him. He was also worried about an upcoming math test. In fact, he worried a lot. David's anxiety was growing and growing." (From David and the Worry Beast by Anne Marie Guanci)
This week, we've heard from four adults who have common worries. But grown-ups aren't the only ones who are anxious about their lives. Sometimes, the idyllic picture of a carefree childhood isn't always a reality for our kids. Though their worries may seem insignificant to us, like David's missed shot in the basketball game, it's a BIG deal to them.
- In Mike's sermon this past weekend, we heard the story of a man who found an overpass that offered reprieve from a torrential rain storm as a simple illustration of the peace that comes from stillness. Take time this week to ask your kids what the "rainstorm" is in their life and help them find their own "overpass."
- Don't have kids? Look for others (friends, family members, co-workers, etc) who are worried. Take time to listen to them. You may be their "overpass!"
Memorize Psalm 56:3 this week.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.