Why stress about it? Let’s focus on today and all that we can accomplish!
Consider what Jesus said about worrying and why we shouldn’t stress about it:
‘ “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’Matthew 6:25-34
Don’t stress about it on your own and try to carry all that weight and pressure on your own shoulders!
You aren’t alone and were never made to go it alone! So remember what we read in 1 Peter:
‘Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. ‘1 Peter 5:6-7
There is peace that we all need instead of stress!
Today’s Verse of the Day:
Let’s back it up for context for today’s verse of the day:
‘Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. ‘Philippians 4:4-7
Instead of stressing, let’s rejoice in the Lord! Let’s be the dads who choose to delight and take pleasure in God! Show everyone by example the way you choose to live and your gentle spirit through your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience! Let’s be the dads who choose to trust God and believe what He has to say enough that we grab hold of His message to not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything that’s right every circumstance and situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to Him!
Let’s study today’s verse of the day and look for ways to apply it in our lives as dads:
- Seek God’s peace: “We should actively seek God’s peace in our daily lives, through prayer, meditation, and reading the Bible. We can ask God to give us His peace, and trust that He will provide it.”
- Guard our hearts and minds: “We should be vigilant about what we allow into our hearts and minds, avoiding things that cause stress, anxiety, or fear. Instead, we should focus on things that promote peace and joy.”
- Practice forgiveness: “Forgiveness is a key component of peace. As dads, we should strive to forgive those who have wronged us, whether it’s our children, our spouses, or others.”
- Show kindness: “Kindness is another way to promote peace in our lives. We can show kindness to others by being patient, understanding, and compassionate.”
- Prioritize relationships: “As dads, we should prioritize our relationships with our children, our spouses, and our families. Building strong relationships based on love and respect can help promote peace and harmony in our homes.”
- Practice gratitude: “Gratitude is an important aspect of living a peaceful life. We can practice gratitude by thanking God for His blessings, and by expressing gratitude to others for the good things they do.”
- Practice mindfulness: “Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, without judgment. We can practice mindfulness by focusing on our breath, our thoughts, and our feelings, and by letting go of distractions and worries.”
- Seek support: “As dads, we should not be afraid to seek support from others when we need it. This might include talking to a friend or family member, or seeking help from a professional counselor or therapist.”
- Set healthy boundaries: “Setting healthy boundaries is an important way to promote peace in our lives. This might include saying no to things that cause stress or anxiety, or setting limits on our time and energy.”
- Trust in God: “Ultimately, our peace comes from trusting in God’s plan for our lives. We can trust that God is in control and that He has a plan for our families and our futures. By putting our faith in Him, we can experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.”