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Control
(Part II)

What's on the test? If you have ever been near a classroom, you have either heard this question or asked it yourself. If you're studying for an exam, you want to know where you need to focus your effort and, basically, what you can ignore. Last month, we talked about what's not on the test: the future we cannot see, the prayers we cannot answer, and God's judgment and mercy we cannot understand. God has all of this under His control. Yet, we often find ourselves letting these things keep us up at night, full of worry - studying for things that aren't on the test. So, what is on our test? Let's examine what we should concern ourselves with in our daily lives.

A good place to start is focusing on today. This is essentially what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34:

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

We've established that what tomorrow holds for us is not on the test, and it is out of our control. Jesus tells us worrying about tomorrow only worsens our present burdens, which are plentiful. We have the daily battles right in front of us. How we handle temptations, opportunities, and spend our time is completely in our control, and it's where we need to focus. Much of the depression and anxiety we see results from living in the past or the future instead of focusing on today.

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Ben McManus


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