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The First Job Each Morning

Today is Saturday - a rest day, family day, fun day.
Yet I woke this morning earlier than I needed to :( and within a few minutes, my mind was racing with worries and lots of things I should do / haven't done / didn't do very well / haven't even thought about yet / don't think I've got the skills, gifts or time to do  etc etc etc

It's taken me a couple of hours to get back to that balanced and centred place of faith and trust - the "Jesus at the centre of IT ALL" place.

Want to know what I did these last two hours?
Well, I grumbled a bit and felt sorry for myself a bit...then I prayed. I did my Bible readings for today.  I read today's KKIT email and some encouraging tweets. I got some washing on (works for me!) and had a very large coffee. I let a simple line from a long-forgotten song emerge from somewhere in my brain "why so downcast oh my soul, put your trust in God", and (again!) listened to Jesus at the centre of it all, and let the words sink in and speak to me. I remembered that C S Lewis had written about those morning worries, and found this life-giving quote:

It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Feels better to know we're not alone, doesn't it?
And that with the Holy Spirit's power and help, we can shove the wild animals back in,"listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in."

Father God, take captive my thoughts and make them obedient to Christ
2 Corinthians 10:5

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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