Running in the Background

1 Corinthians 7:32
“I want you to be free from anxieties.
The unmarried man is anxious about the
things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.”

Slow computers drive us crazy, but there’s one thing you can do that’s pretty easy, and has the possibility of exponentially speeding up that machine you’re thinking of replacing. Try this: Remove the programs that you don’t use anymore, and then restart your machine. You’ll be amazed at how much time you spend deleting these computer-speed leeches. Now ask God to help you erase all the drivers that fuel useless chatter in your brain and bog your heart down. Do we really need to replay that conversation from two days ago a hundred times? If we spend time in worry, will it actually yield a fruitful result? Hey, I’ve fallen into it, and I still have to vigilantly guard my heart against those things my emotions tenaciously think are so important, yet are just viruses to me being present in the moment and with the people I love. That’s a great place to start. The moment of right now. How many programs are running in the background, eroding your ability to be present? God tells us that he wants us to be free from anxieties, but to be anxious about the things of God. Anxiety is like the word ‘pride’. There’s good pride and bad pride. I can have pride in my wife, kids, and work, and that’s great. But pride can also be one of the worst sins. If I’m anxious and full of anxiety from the things of the world in a bad way, how can I be excited, giddy, and anxious about serving and loving God in the good way? What’s running your heart ragged in the background making you anxious in a bad way, eating up your energy to be anxious about the things of God in a good way?


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