Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Under the glass on my office desk, I have three different reminders to myself. One is a prayer titled A Prayer for a New Venture. I don’t remember where I got the prayer, but I do remember when I put it under the glass – three and a half years ago – when I came to serve the Oakland UMC. The prayer asks God for guidance and strength and courage and confidence and peace of mind. It also mentions “taking one day at a time.”
The second reminder is a copy of a writing that was in a church newsletter. It reads, “My child, you worry too much. I’ve got this, remember? Love, God.
The third is a handwritten note from a child who was like family. Written in different colored markers the note reads, “I love you!!!!”
Maybe you, too, have reminders to yourself under the glass on your desk or maybe on your refrigerator or in your wallet or some other place.
I call these writings under the glass on my desk reminders because they help me remember what is important to remember. I believe they are important for all of us to remember.
First, we need to always remember that God is with us. Sometimes we forget that truth when we face a challenge. We sometimes forget our God is a big God. Most days we see God as much smaller than our Creator is. We focus on ourselves and what we cannot do instead of focusing on God and what God can do in our lives. It really isn't about us, although many times we make it about us. It is about God, always has been and always will be.
Second, most of us worry too much. Maybe we think that is part of our responsibility as mature adults, to be sure everything is handled and taken care of. Sometimes it’s okay to sit back and let God get it. And finally when all is said and done what is really going to matter in life is how you loved – how you loved God, how you loved the people God gave you to love, and how you loved yourself.
It is a new year! I am going to try, with God’s help, to lean on God more, worry less, and love better. Would you like to join me?