Decision Making & Health
My poor little girl has had a high fever since Friday night.
Sunday night it began to affect her decision making.
Laying in bed, thinking about what she would miss at school today and the few tests she has coming up, Maggie began to worry about next year when she’ll enter middle school. Four months into the future her mind played a negative game of foreseen failure as her tiny frame radiated heat.
“My little Monkey!” I said, running my fingertips over her damp forehead. “All you need to think about right now is rest and getting yourself back to health. There is no need to worry. You are smart and capable. When the time comes for middle school all you’ll need to do is take it one day at a time.”
Thinking too far into the future usually gets us into trouble.
God doesn’t guide and help us with things four months down the road.
He guides us today! He directs you this moment and he will also direct you a moment from now.
Are you trying to make decisions too far into the future? Think present. What are you supposed to do right now?
The second question is: How’s your health?
In sickness our decision making is altered. If you are physically sick, give yourself the grace and time to get better. If your are emotionally unhealthy, give yourself the same!!
As women we are far too hard on ourselves. We’d rather pamper, help and come to the rescue for others. We also don’t want to be a burden. So we brush all the baggage aside. We label ourselves too much to handle–even for God.
Try looking at it this way…
I have a lot on my “To Do” list. I really don’t have time for a sick daughter. Maybe I should just pack her off to school and see how long she makes it… Maybe I should just ignore her and get on with more important things…
Of course not!
My heart is drawn to care and tend to my girl. I long to help her get back to full health and wholeness. She’s not a burden. She’s my daughter!
Our tender, loving, Heavenly Father says the same for you… My child, my daughter, I’m here to take care of you. You are not a burden. I long for you to be whole. Stop fretting about the future. All you have to do is rest and think about getting better…
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:26-34)
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