Posted by: mikenicholsblog | April 27, 2014

more than a slogan

My life is filled with slogans. Often the words, yesterday ended at midnight are part of my vocabulary. Literally, every article we write from Journey on Word ends with those words. At work my mantra is, where hope becomes strategy. We all have lots of hopes that aren’t converted to strategies. A simple walk around my office will give you other slogans that cause food for thought. My wife and I saw a bumper sticker slogan last month that was ripe with meaning; too blessed to be stressed. If only we would apply the slogans that create such warm emotional feelings. Wouldn’t it be great if we always closed the door on yesterday at midnight? Can you imagine always putting strategies to all your hopes? And wouldn’t it be great to live focused on blessings and not stresses?

Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all your problems today.

As you read the simple slogan, what was your reaction?  Do you long for that to be true?  Does it just seem too simple? Will you let Him?

I am going to make an assumption that, like me, you prefer to handle your own problems and struggle with committing them to the Father’s care. Would you agree that even when you are committed to involving God in every part of your day, it’s really hard to let Him have exclusive access to your problems? Be encouraged.  We can do it! And also be warned, that if we choose to leave God out of our plans and direct our own journey, we have no right to expect Him to guide us. Perspective on trusting God to guide you through each day (even in the midst of problems) can be found in a slogan taken from Dallas Willard’s book, Renovation of the Heart.

“At the beginning of each morning I commit my day to the Lord’s care.”

A simple statement, yes, but one packed with incredible insight. In Christ, you and I have the ability to present our day before Him and trust Him for the results. None of us has the ability to make today or tomorrow a perfect day. We live in a fallen world. Our Lord already knows what is in front of us with all its joy and sorrow. Do you think He will give us direction? Of course He will! Just remember throughout the day, when the inevitable problem arises, to whisper words like these: “Father, I have given you this day, and now I trust You to guide me”. And He will!  Look no further than scripture for assurance …

Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

There can be no doubt that when we trust Him, God will guide us. By faith we can release the burdens of yesterday, and accept His care and provision for today. Committing each day to the Father’s care in the morning can be more than a cute slogan … It can be reality! And when it is, we may find a calmness that comes from letting God handle our problems for the day. And just maybe the words, too blessed to be stressed won’t be just a simple slogan … but an ever-growing assurance.

It’s a new day; Let the slogans be your strategy!

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Responses

  1. Great reminders– The one I like that you always use as well is “Walk with the King” I think of that one each day!
    Thank you for these insights!


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