cause others pain by causing them to worry
waste others' time and be a disappointment
miss out on something important that couldn't wait for me.
cause others my question my love/sincerity/care
all because I could not make it on time.I know that these are sometimes silly fears, especially when I know that I hold no hard feelings against those who are late when meeting me.
But these worries I still have and so I tend spend a lot of time looking at my watch.
Knowing this about myself and knowing that God has called me to cast out fear and to lay my worries and burdens down, sometimes I write two little words on my wrist...all things. Just above where the face of my watch is, just big enough so that I see it whenever I check the time.
"Why all things?" you may ask, I write all things because it reminds me of some of my favorite Bible verses, promises of God that keep me grounded and remind me not to worry.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."" Matthew 19:26
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
"I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted." Job 42:2
"Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,“Write, for these words are true and faithful.”" Rev 21:5
These two little words remind me that there is nothing outside of God's hands, all things must and will work together for my good and for my salvation because He says so. These two little words remind me that I am held by God's grip and not my own.
Someday, when I remember, at the craft store I will buy alphabet beads to make myself a bracelet so that I can be a more obedient daughter and stop writing on myself. But until then I will continue to use magic marker to remind my heart to be still and know that my Father has everything under control.
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