Why You Shouldn’t Worry Much

Why You Shouldn’t Worry Much

A study recently found that 97% of the things we worry about are nothing more than fearful imagination. I could end this article right here and just leave you with that. But, sadly, a lot of you will require a little more convincing. So with that being said, let’s look at why you shouldn’t worry so much and what you can do instead. You may argue here that you have every reason to worry. Maybe you’re working hard but you’re worried about your career, you’re having relationship issues that you just don’t know how to solve or even simple things like being stuck in traffic when you’re late for a meeting. These all seem like perfectly acceptable reasons to worry, but here’s another alarming stat, 79% of people in the earlier mentioned study said that the even the biggest challenges we’re actually learning experiences and taught them something valuable to learn from. Additionally, in the Bible, God gives us good reasons never to have to worry again. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Matthew 6: 25,26 Let us consider the above verse for a second. God is telling you not to worry about even the most basic requirements that you have; food and clothing! Let that...

The Truth About Worship

Worship is a somber term that every Christian takes very seriously. What we normally consider as worship is our favorite Bethel song playing in the background as our hands are lifted, our eyes are closed, and we’re just soaking up as much of God’s presences as we can. This is perhaps the most common interpretation of worship around the world. But, is it the only way to worship? Many of us have dreams of standing in front of a large crowd, with our acoustic guitar hanging low as we look up with our eyes closed and belt out “How Great Is Our God.” The role of a worship leader or the entire worship team can be unfairly glamorized. While they are the ones that end up getting all the attention with the spotlight, both literally and figuratively on them, that’s a mere drop in the ocean of what true worship is. The Bible asks us to worship in Spirit and truth. While that may seem like a challenging task, it’s actually one of the most simple examples to follow. I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12: 1 Since we believe that all good things come from Him, we should also treat everything we do as a form of worship to God. So whether that’s finishing your office work on time to the best of your ability, helping an elderly man cross the road or even keeping your car spotlessly clean, these seemingly meaningless and easily...

Improving Your Skills

Most people in the church community are involved in one way or another. Some can play an instrument; others are great speakers while there are others that are great with technical fields like sound and media. Churches are unique because most people that perform these roles have other responsibilities on weekdays. This is especially true in smaller churches where there are just a handful of people working full time. If there’s a small church, then every volunteer working hard to improve their skills is key to the church staying fresh and vibrant. This is easier said than done as most people have commitments relating to their work life, families and friends. Setting aside time to work on a specific skill will demand a lot of commitment. More so if the person has reached an intermediate skill level. So, what can you do if you’re looking to improve and give your best for God? Below are a few simple tips on time management and practice that are sure to help anyone. Wake Up Early – They say the human mind is at its most functional until 12 pm after which your energy levels start to fall. Working on something early in the morning will ensure your learning efficiently and also means that you have time to spare for the rest of the day. Practice Smart – Pick one aspect of whatever you’re trying to get better at and work on it till you have sufficiently mastered that skill. For example  A guitarist that’s looking to learn a new scale should practice until he’s mastered it before moving on to the...

Discovering Your Purpose

Who was your favorite superhero as a kid? Were you a fan of a movie or a sports star? It’s funny how as children our options seem nearly endless. We truly believe that we can fly like Superman. However, as we age a little, we discover that the only flying we’ll be doing is on a plane, jump off a building and that’s called something entirely different, falling. Although some dreams are far fetched, others are far more believable. The Bible teaches us that we are all made to be different. God knew us intimately before we were born. And as such, he created us with a unique set of skills and talents that can take us far when used in the right way. That’s exactly why discovering your purpose is so important. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalms 139: 13 Purpose may seem like a heavy word at first. It can conjure visions of a King setting out to war to conquer distant lands; or a Lion, whose sharp teeth and strong muscles flexed ready to pounce on its prey. The King knows that from his youth, he has been trained, molded and skilled for that very day. He would never consider leaving it all behind to become a farmer or a ballerina. The Lion, on the other hand, knows nothing else; he was built as a killing machine, the apex predator. A lion that all of a sudden decided to become a gluten-avoiding, vegan simply couldn’t survive, he was designed to be something else. So where does that...

WHAT IS GOD’S PLAN FOR ME?

When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut. I had no idea I’d be a singer instead. I could carry a tune, but I never thought I could sing professionally. But that’s one of the coolest things about God: Even when we don’t know what’s in our future, God does. Take my mom, for example. She’s had a really tough life. She got pregnant out of wedlock when she was 16. She got married and had her first baby at 17. She was divorced a few years later. She wasn’t a Christian until she met my Dad. I look at her life and sometimes I think, How could any good come out of all that? Mom always tells me that despite her bad decisions, she has, by God’s grace, learned much and grown a lot. That baby might have seemed like a “mistake” to someone else, but he is a gift from God. I’m sure it wasn’t God’s plan for my mom to have a baby out of wedlock, but he’s used that baby—my brother—in many ways. My brother has made mistakes, but he’s really living for God and it’s clear that God has never taken his hand off him. It just goes to show that God always knows what he’s doing—even when we don’t know what we’re doing. Or when we make mistakes. God has a plan for each of us. We may not always understand his plan, but we still need to be obedient as we try to fulfill it. How do we do that? The prophet Micah asked the same thing: “What does the Lord...

15 THINGS THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT YOU

1. You are God’s child. “…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” Galatians 3:26 2. You are Jesus’ friend. “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 3. You are a whole new person with a whole new life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 4. You are a place where God’s Spirit lives. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…” 1 Corinthians 6:19 5. You are God’s work of art. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 6. You are totally and completely forgiven. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 7. You are created in God’s likeness. “…and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24 8. You are spiritually alive. “Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” Ephesians 2:5 9. You are a citizen of Heaven. “But our citizenship is in...