“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2 KJV
My grandmother is a chronic worrier.
She worries over everything and I am not exaggerating.
She worries over the weather, my son staying up late, what someone may say to her, how she perceives someone is seeing her, her dressing, her lack of more clothes to wear.
You sit with her for a minute and you will surely see where there is something she can share with you that she is worrying about.
Lately, she’s been worried about the Lord’s return coupled with her health issues.
As I pause and analyze her, I wonder if her worrying habit has gained momentum because she has been practicing this act all her life?
Could she at this age now be considered a Doctorate of worry?
I know it’s not funny, well, it is to some degree (pun intended), but how many of us are like this?
As I think of this struggle of my grandmother, it can be easy for me to point my finger at her for her lack of faith or for her choice to continually rock back and forth in this non-moving chair. I can even scold her and ask her what kind of example she is setting for me, the younger generation, however somehow I feel the Lord wants me to give her grace and to show her understanding and compassion. Besides, she’s been doing her thang for decades, who do I think I am to convince her to do otherwise?
Let’s bring this lesson home.
Maybe worrying is not the vice either you or I struggle with.
Possibly it is overeating.
Or being inactive with our bodies (exercising)?
Or what about being slothful?
Not being diligent in our daily devotions?
Whatever it is, there is something that we may be practicing over time that we find that we have become “good” at when we certainly should not only have any degree in it, but it should not be named among us.
There is a maxim, “practice becomes perfect” and so what bad habits are we practicing today that we should be quitting?
What clothes are we donning that needs to be taken off and in the proverbial fire, be placed to be burnt?
Soul searching time for us, especially as our Lord’s return draws closer and closer.
“Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you.” Psalms 139:1-2, 23-24 TPT