Disclaimer: Let me shed some light on the content of this post before I start. A lot of this was taught by the campus director at the campus ministry I attend at New Mexico State University. With his permission, I wanted to have you read about the subject. I did make it my own, but I wanted to give him credit. Also, I noticed that there was so much information over the topic, so I will be uploading it in two different parts. Check the site next week to be up to date. Now, Bon Apetite!
The Japanese may have it right.
Caution: There is a sign on the road!
Allow me to paint a picture in your head. You are in a small town that is located at the base of a mountain and you want to get to the top before sunrise to get a great view of the town from up above. The only way to get there is to go on a day hike or you can drive there in your car. You do notice that you only have about an hour to get there, so walking up there won’t be an option at this point. It would be dark by the time you arrive if you took that option. You decide to get in your car and drive. There are many winding roads and multiple switchbacks. If you are not careful you can run into the mountainside or even fall off the side of the mountain.
What do you normally do when you see these signs? You won’t know if on your way to the top you will encounter rocks on the road. You aren’t in control of when or if the rocks are going to fall on your way. Your speed doesn’t change when or if a rock will fall. Having a special car or a particular way of controlling your car won’t stop them from falling. They will fall no matter what. So, how do you handle something that you can’t control?
What is the attitude that you should have in situations that you can’t control? Just like you can’t control those rocks, you can’t control how many exams you will have throughout the week. You, also, can’t control whether or not someone will call you to give you the job that you applied for. If we worry about this, we will only have anxiety, worry, fear, and meltdowns – Is this the wisest response we can have? What good would our stress and worry do? The Bible brings this up in some context. Psalm 89:47 reminds us how quick time passes. It shows the futility of mankind. I like how the NET bible translation takes this verse: “Take note of my brief lifespan! Why do you make all people so mortal?” Humans are mortal, so we need to focus on how we use our time here. Like the road sign analogy, if the driver worries, it doesn’t affect the rocks that are falling, but worrying will have a tremendous effect on the driver. Do you see how useless it is to worry about what we can’t control?
It also comes down to this; If you are a Christian, not only is it pointless to worry, but it is also sinful. If you worry so much, you have a lack of trust in God. You don’t believe that he can take care of you through every step you take. If you don’t trust God, we will also have trouble seeing Him. The only way to make time management work is if we, first and foremost, make time for Him. Drop what you’re doing and make immediate time for Jesus. Matthew 6:25-34 shows us that God knows what we need. We shouldn’t worry about the clothes and the food that we may not have, because He will provide. I see this in my life every day. God has provided my financial and dietary needs since I could remember. He has placed people in my life that have encouraged me and helped me in times of need. And as it says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”, I believe that there is no reason to continue in distress.