The 30 Day Praise Challenge–Day 17
Do you know that song by Bobby McFerrin, Don’t Worry Be Happy? In the song Bobby illustrates many things that people can worry about: money, rent being late, no place to live, no-one to love. The antidote he suggests…be happy. If you are unable to be happy, however, we just need to call Bobby and he will make us happy.
What do you think of this advice? At first glance it sounds a bit cliché. If you are worried simply decide to be happy. Simple right? I hear that, yeah right, voice inside my head. You know, the voice that says, this is stupid advice. The voice that doubts that simply being happy to overcome worry is even possible. Or is it…?
I’d like to suggest that Bobby McFerrin’s advice isn’t as far off the mark as we might think. I like to think about the antidote to worry not so much as just to be happy, but to praise God. Jesus is The Prince of Peace. He offers tranquility of heart, peace of mind amidst the chaos and worry, But we have to choose the peace of Christ over our worry. We have to discipline our minds to focus on praising God instead of focusing on our worry and our own understanding of our circumstances.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17)
The peace of God that transcends our understanding is available to us, but we have to choose peace over worry. We have to choose God over ego.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Do you find yourself in a place of worry today? If so, take control of your emotions, turn to God and praise Him.