Since the worst thing imaginable is not possible, you can relax and live, more abundantly.
-Sarah Young - Jesus Today Devotional
On Saturday, October 24th, my dance ministry and I were in the middle of having praise dance and worship. Praise dance and worship is our own one-on-one time with God praising him through dance. I select 2 or 3 songs and we just worship the Lord through dance. After the last song was over, I decided to read a devotional after to stay in the flow of worship. I don't know if it's just me but, when I read aloud to a group, I sometimes don't always receive the message the same way because I'm the one reading it….does that make sense?....maybe it's just me lol
However, later that night when I got home, I prepared myself to get ready for bed and I read the devotional again so I can really understand it and meditate on it. As I read it, this line brought me so much comfort and peace, “Since the worst thing imaginable is not possible, you can relax and live more abundantly”…..can we just take a moment and read this line about 3 times and let it penetrate our minds and hearts?...
So, whenever I'm entering into a new page or chapter in my life, I have a habit of finding the worst thing possible that can happen so I can be prepared for it. I feel better knowing that it was probably bound to happen compared to being embarrassed when it does. A perfect example is when I have to read the announcements on a Sunday morning in front of the entire congregation. I think of the worst things that can happen and trust me I have a list…wardrobe malfunction, trip while walking down the isle, stutter while reading, reading a word wrong, saying “um” in between every announcement, and I can go on and on. But as I read this line in my devotional, I was sort of mind blown because I never thought about it in that light before. I'm so use to preparing my mind for humiliation not realizing that's not what God wants me to do…more so, I don't need to do it because it's impossible for it to happen anyway. I no longer have to worry about the things that will cause me to lose my confidence in God such as preparing my self for the worst because it's impossible. Let's break down a few words so we can dig a little deeper into this quote. We can all agree that when we hear the word “imagine”, we instantly think of the mind. To imagine means to form a mental image of something that's not actually present. The definition alone speaks volume! I constantly form mental images in my head of the worst things possible that are not real and then I force my self to believe that it must happen because that's the WORST thing I could imagine. But, God never fails to amaze me. Each time I see the results after the situation, encounter or presentation, it NEVER turns out to be what I thought it would be or imagined it to be. Why? Because it's not possible! Its not worth our time to think and conjure up all the terrible things that are bound to happen in our life due to the circumstance or situation that we’re in. We have to live the life that our savior Jesus Christ died for. He died for all the negative thoughts, he died for all the negative imaginations that we believed would come to pass, He came so that we may have life and life more abundantly. Starting today……..no, starting now, let's not give our minds too much power and let it wander. Ask God for control over the things that come to your mind, ask Him to filter all the things that will bring confusion and fear. Ask him to block all the imaginations that cross your mind that can hinder your trust for Him. The battle is in our minds and we can help fight by trusting in the Lord with all of our hearts and leaning not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
“Since the worst thing imaginable is not possible, you can relax and live more abundantly”
I pray that you were blessed by this devotional and that you seek God more to help you cleanse your mind of ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that is NOT of Him. Here are a few scriptures for you to either meditate on, pray about, study or memorize.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:2 NIV
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 NIV
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10 NKJV