Don’t Worry; Be Happy -2

The presidential elections.  I hear a lot of fussing, fuming and fretting, regardless of one’s political persuasions.  Horrors!  What if Donald Trump wins the election?  What if Hillary Clinton wins?  Or how about Bernie Sanders? Is the world going to rack and ruin? What can I do about it, beyond voting, of course?  Will my worrying change history?  Will my fretting reduce my resulting taxes or foil one enemy Isis plot?  Probably not.  But there is something I can change–me!

Whenever the troubles in my life, and those in my imagination, threaten to turn my brain waves into erratic static, I read Habakkuk 3:17. “Though the fig tree does not bud…” ( I live in California’s Central Valley where over the last few years of drought, wells have dried up and water use has been rationed.)  It isn’t the crises listed in this verse that apply to every frantic child of God but the solution to those problems.  Instead of praying Habakkuk’s prayer I make it my own by paraphrasing it.  “Though the number on my bathroom scale stays stubbornly the same or worse yet, inches higher, and I can’t fit into my favorite jeans; though my debts never diminish but grow every month;  though…”  You have the idea.  Try it. List your own personal Habakkuk 3:17 problems. Recite them aloud.  Then add Habakkuk 3:18.  “YET I WILL REJOICE IN GOD MY SAVIOR…There’s the key to the promise.  I must make my choice to rejoice.  I must choose to claim the joy of the Lord–mine for the taking–“Don’t Worry; Be Happy!    Yeah!

Recently an anonymous writer posted this on face book, “When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what is happening.  That is where your power lies.”

The results from my choice to rejoice instead of lament?  “He makes my feet like the feet of the deer.  He enables me to go on to heights!”  Wow! That takes me way beyond my wildest imaginings to experiences only my wise and all-knowing Father can see. Talk about exciting!  And it’s my choice…mine!  Yours too.

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