God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. –2 Timothy 1:7
I have always subscribed to the philosophy that, as Dodie Smith once said, “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cure for depression.” In other words, busyness. That’s probably why I’ve thrown myself into spring cleaning projects with such gusto this year. But always in the back of my mind is the thought: What happens when I run out of projects? Will I then be filled with fear, dread, and longing for the life I can’t have right now?
Then, I noticed this scripture on a bookmark yesterday, and I remembered that I don’t have to work until I’m too tired to think. God doesn’t want me to live a life of energetic desperation.
Viktor Frankl, who survived a Nazi concentration camp, once said, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose. And in that choice lies our growth and freedom.”
We didn’t choose these circumstances, but we can choose how we respond. We can laugh or lament. We can help or hoard. We can be faithful or fearful. We can trust in ourselves or we can trust in God.
Prayer: God of the past, the present and the future, help me to just be still and dwell in your peace that passes all understanding. Amen.
Offered by Carol Madere