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Every one is anxious about something. What is nagging at your soul? Maybe you are anxious about work, your children, or your messy house. The other day I was reading a familiar verse, Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” How are you doing with that? I took out a index card and wrote down all the things I am anxious about. I was surprised how long the list was. Then I asked myself, “How many of these items am I praying about? Which of these am I taking to the Lord in prayer?” I realized I was not seeking God with regards to these things. I now have my card with all my anxious items I am taking to God in prayer. God wants us to be prayerful instead of anxious. So, I encourage you to do this exercise. Write down everything thing that has you anxious. Begin to take these to the Lord in prayer. It may not change your situation, but it will certainly change your attitude toward the situation.
My house is full of unfinished projects. I have windows that need to be replaced. A few picture frames still contain photos that came with the frame. I recently spotted a family fun night kit on a book shelf. It contains recipes and games for the entire family. Lori and I bought it several years ago at a marriage conference. It still has not been opened. I am sure you have your own list of unfinished projects. We have good intentions, but never follow through on things. Maybe we don’t have time or energy. Maybe we like the idea of something rather than the reality of it. Maybe we still plan to get to it one day. The day never seems to arrive.
I think these little projects are a reminder of life. We will never complete every task we set out to. We will never fulfill every dream. We will never check every box. When we die, and are put in a box, we will leave behind a list of good intentions and a pile of unfinished tasks. That is why it is so important to do what really matters. Let’s not neglect the most important realities of life. We better not neglect our faith. We better not abandon leading our families in the ways of the Lord. We must not fail to point others to Christ. Let your unfinished projects remind you of the brevity of life and what little time you have to do what matters most.