FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR.
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
We are in a season where it is difficult to find people who are not anxious about the future, angry about the status quo, or generally find it difficult to have a deep sense of peace and joy about life.
I believe the reason is because we are a society that is filled with change. It is challenging to have a sense of certainty in the world today. There are changes in the church and threats of more change. There are issues with governments and how well they represent the people. The speed and availability of information keeps one mindful that something new is happening right now or it is in the forecast. So many factors contribute to a world filled with uncertainty.
Change has always been and will always be. Change tells us something new is about to occur, and for some this is great news and for others this is very threatening. Even good news can also be threatening because it disrupts our sense of comfort that predictability provides.
For example, when the Hebrew children were freed and headed toward a land of promise, the unpredictability of their current status in the wilderness nudged some to consider going back to slavery where at least they had clear rules and a certain routine to count on each day. (Exodus 13:17) Yes, control is the issue. Who likes to feel out of control? It is like being in a whirlwind where you are being tossed about without anything to hold onto as you spin in all directions.
I would suggest that there are two healthy responses to anxiety that is fueled by uncertainty about the future.
- The first is to ask yourself, is this something that is in my control? My father was great at distinguishing what was in and outside of his control. He would say to me on many occasions, “you cannot stop me from thinking.” You can be in jail and have peace and joy, for these are internal spiritual gifts. In other words, focus on the things that are within your control and do what you can!
- The other response is your total reliance on God. Do you believe that ultimately God is in control? That at the end of the day things will go as God declares through the Bible? God wins! Put your faith to work and allow your communion with God to fill you with trust and peace that the world can neither give nor take away.
In a world where there is so much uncertainty, you can be in control of you and believe that God will take care of you because His certain and predictable love never ends.
In other words, you can control what you think, what you do with the space and time available, and what you believe. Peace.
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Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike world.
James R. King, Jr.