Thursday, January 15, 2009

Whaddiffs and Howells

As I read the title chapter for this one I can hear in my mind how the voice sounds when it asks of Whaddifs and Howells. Fill in your own blank and I'm sure you can hear yourself saying similar things, "Whaddiff _______ happens?" and "Howell is ________ going to get done?" Max Lucado helps remind us what it means in this part of the Psalm when David writes, "He leads me beside the still waters." He reminds us that God is leading us, not telling us to go ahead without him. It is a comforting thought to know that he has been there already and is ready to give us what we need when the time comes. On page 50 Max states the following, "Meet today's problems with today's strength. Don't start tackling tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow's strength yet. You simply have enough for today." I think that is a worthy statement worth repeating when you feel yourself getting bogged down under the bag of worry.

In the back of the book in the study guide, Max asks a couple questions worth note, “How many of the things you have worried about actually come to pass?” and “What issues that should be dealt with today are you avoiding by trying to tackle tomorrow’s problems?” One of my favorite bible verses is mentioned in this chapter about worry. Look up Matthew 6:34 and try to remember what Jesus said as you find yourself ‘Whaddifing and Howelling’.

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