Butter Side Up, Butter Side Down…

Isn’t it strange how we allow odd occurrences to excuse how we approach and react to our everyday circumstances?  Our toast falling butter side down, which side of the bed we get up from, how much caffeine we’ve had or how much sugar we have ingested.

 

Of course if we actually kept track each individual circumstance, we would recognize that the odds of that buttered piece of toast will land on the buttered side is 50%.  The same odds that flipping a genuine coin will turn up heads.  We have no control over this.  Nor can it affect the rest of our day.  The same with getting up on the wrong side of the bed.  If you got up on the wrong side this morning, then go back to bed and get up on the other side!  We constantly look for excuses to make our own personal responsibility for things less internal and more external.  You can’t get going in the morning because you didn’t have your coffee or your kids are off the wall because they ate too much sugar.  Choices, choices–all day long.

Murphy’s Law is a rule that states, “If something can go wrong, it will.” An addition to this law reads, “and usually at the worst time.”   And the only time Murphy’s Law is true, is when one of two choices we make turns out badly.  Think of how many choices we make every day.  What time to get up, what to eat for breakfast, will we truly do our best work on the job, what to eat for lunch, how late to stay at work, will I go the speed limit or faster, will I be patient with our kids/spouse, will I do any work around the house, will I check my kids’ homework, what time will I go to bed, and on and on.

Philippians 4:6 states, Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  This doesn’t mean that God expects you to get down on your knees to decide whether to take Route 2 to Boston or the Massachusetts Turnpike.  Many years ago I read a book titled, How Much Prayer Should A Hamburger Get.  The author made the point that the verse from Philippians says to “Pray about everything”–including that hamburger.  Not just those things that you consider important.  But even the little things. And the things you aren’t even aware of.  We are told that after being shipwrecked of the isle of Malta, as Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand (Acts 28:3).  Do you honestly think that just before this happened, Paul had fallen to his knees and asked God to protect him from a snake bite?  Of course not!  But what did happen was that God protected Paul because his mind was continually focused on God.  God will do the same things with the hamburger and the directions to Boston.  Prayer is simply communication with God.  So, remember to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:33-34).  If we focus on this, then He will take care of our every needs.  And we will be free from worry and concern.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:33-34).

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  Fixed always!

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