I rarely sleep well.
As in through the night without awakening several times.
Many others resort to drugs in the face of such.
Instead, I rub my eyes through the day, pour some coffee and count my blessings since I was able to at least get enough sleep to keep going another day.
My eyes are tired this morning since I tossed and turned through the night.
Yet, my heart and mind are settled because of the fact that four or five hours of sleep is much more than some people got last night.
You see, some people are on the verge of divorce and are in emotional disarray because of fears for how messed up 2010 will be for them.
Other people are close to losing their homes to foreclosure and are jobless, meaning they have no plausible way to stop the financial tragedy.
And then there are those with recently diagnosed stage 3 cancer and without health insurance. We can only imagine what goes through their minds at 3 a.m..
Because of the Lord’s favor, I am not facing these three stressors. Oh, I certainly have my own list, to be sure. But they are not as ominous.
I want to believe that I’d still have a settled heart and mind if I faced any or all of the above.
I want to believe that my faith in God’s love and provision would allow me to sleep most of the time I’m in bed.
As you enter 2010, I want to encourage you to remember what I try to remember — pray for wisdom to focus on serving God and other people and pray that God will intercede in those situations that you cannot resolve yourself.
It really is about Matthew 6:33, my friend.
We are to worship, not worry.
God is the One who can do what we cannot.
Worry in the night accomplishes nothing.
Worship in the day accomplishes much.
Not sure how your career will go next year? Focus on how to better demonstrate your faith and use your career as a vessel for serving people and blessing you.
You’ll sleep better if you do, perhaps not in quantity but definitely in quality.
Concerned about the survivability of your marriage? Focus on how to become more humble and patient and forgiving and more active at church.
You’ll not only enjoy more the sleep you’re able to get, but you’ll provide a model for others wondering how to strengthen their marriages.
Please understand that I am far from the perfect role model in how I live and in how I sleep. But I’m trying to live more like Jesus lived in hopes of sleeping more like Jesus slept.
His world was filled with stress and disruption. But when He did fall asleep, it was a sound sleep that not even a mini-hurricane could disturb.
That’s the kind of sleep I want.
Even if it lasts only four or five hours.
Let’s approach life as Jesus did.
We’ll all sleep better if we do.
And so will our loved ones.
As always, I love you