WAKING UP IN A NEW WORLD Andy Hollifield 7-27-18

A friend of mine often makes a joking comment that he wakes up in a new world everyday. He is just making a joke about his forgetfulness. I began to think about that and thought that can be a blessing and not just a curse. It would truly be nice if we could do a complete reset over night with our mind. Can you imagine always waking up looking forward to seeing what the day will bring. I only know one person that does that. My son Tyler does that every day. While writing this, I looked back to last years post on this day to see what I wrote and put it on my blog page. Oddly enough it was on this day one year ago that I wrote a post called “wonderful” talking about my son’s influence on people and how he enjoys life.

Have you ever laid awake with something weighing on your mind? Probably all of us have. I have always been pretty bad to be able to keep stuff off of my mind until I lay down to go to sleep. It seems like no matter how tired and sleepy I may be, when my head hits the pillow my mind cranks up. It isn’t even always something I am worried about but more often thinking about what I need to be getting done. I guess that is one reason I do most of my writing at night. It is still and quiet which is good because I am easily distracted. Aside from those occasional, long, sleepless, nights, I am not really a worrier. I try to take things as they come and approach it with the attitude, “Ok, this is the hand I have been dealt so what do I do with it now?” Momma always tells me, “don’t borrow trouble.” Jesus even said 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.”

Can you imagine if we were all able to do that; just shut down our minds and reset them overnight? What a difference it would make in our demeanor if we had of woke up today not worrying about things done or that went undone yesterday? Just to wake up and be anxious to see what the day would hold. That is exactly what Jesus wants us to do. He said in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday and to day, and for ever.” Whatever he brought us through yesterday he is still able to do today. Mark 5 has an example of how our days sometimes go. When the ruler of the synagogue, Jarius, came to Jesus, he had a dying daughter at home that needed healing. Jesus was following him when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of his clothes. While they were stopped so Jesus could attend to that woman’s need, Jarius’ servants came and told me that his daughter had died and that there was no need to bother Jesus anymore. Jesus was not deterred but went on to Jarius’ house to heal his daughter. Before they continued their journey, Jesus obviously knowing what was about to happen, and how devastated Jarius’ was, told him this; “Be not afraid, only believe.” We have nothing to fear if we just rest our hopes in him. He would have us to know the same thing he told the man.

If the truth be known, we should all wake up in a new world every day. Jesus also said in Matthew 6:32-33 “…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “All these things.” Not just a few but everything that we need is promised to us. We should be able, without the cares of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow, to wake up in a new world every day. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!


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