Flying from Dallas on Wednesday I picked up book in the airport bookstore, "Who Moved My Cheese?".
The book cover describes it as: "an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life - whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health or spiritual peace of mind."
The problem: the Cheese is not guaranteed! Someone can move your cheese at any moment ... a layoff at work, a broken relationship, a stock market crash, a dumb investment, a cancer diagnosis, a sense of emptiness.
There is a question in the book that rocked me.
"What would you do if you were not afraid?"
Pause. Think through the question. What would you do? Would you start a business? Would you ask someone's forgiveness? Would you muster the courage to speak to a co-worker about Christ? Would you go to the doctor for a physical?
Are you afraid? I am. There are many things I am afraid of. Here are a couple of observations I've thought through since reading the book:
1. 80% of what I worry about will NEVER happen
2. Most of what WILL happen I cannot control
3. Worry is stealing my creativity
4. Worry keeps me from living today
5. Worry makes it harder to hear God
I am working to give this to God. We may not know what the future holds but we know Who holds the future. He will not give us more than we can bear. He will not allow our cheese to move without providing something else. He asks us to trust Him and not be afraid.
Pause. Think through these Scriptures. Pray them to God and give Him what concerns you today.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
They can only move the cheese!
Take your worry list to our Father ... He cares ... He is our helper!
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