June 4, 2018 – Monday
Philippians 4:6-7 [NLT] Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Last Friday, I had a head-on collision with priorities – juggling job tasks and graduate school assignments. Plus, I was just about to go on a special weekend with my mother. I was doing pretty well until an unexpected work deadline came up, due the following Monday morning – TODAY! On the way to pick up my mother, I realized I had not even started a critical part of a class assignment due on Tuesday. When my mother got in the car, I saw how excited she was about our special weekend outing. It was then I started to cry, and the tears would not stop.
Scripture tells us there is no need to worry – if we have complete faith in God. Once you and I place our complete faith and trust in Him, and tell Him what is needed, God will provide.
I didn’t know how to tell my mother my plate was full of responsibilities; that everything we planned would possibly not happen. But I did. Yet she said everything would be okay. Before we drove off, we prayed. On the way, she helped me complete a do-list for work that allowed me time to prepare for class. And we had an even better weekend together than anticipated!
Have you ever been anxious about too much work? Too many colliding priorities?
Today at work, don’t be anxious. God will calm you. His comfort will allow you to think, plan and do. Just go to Him, and He will guard you and give you peace.
And there will be no need to worry. This He promises!
Dear Father, I know there is no need to worry when priorities collide in my workday. Help me remain calm with a clear mind and heart. Let me be overwhelmed only by Your help, grace and guidance – and not by worldly tasks. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
Chiquandra “Shae” Riley
and MPA Candidate
Jackson, Mississippi USA