Psalm 25:17 “Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.” I have been feeling the burdens of many in our congregation going through great trial because of disease, financial loss, betrayal and uncertainty in their life or family right now. As a pastor knowing the challenges and burdens of so many people often leaves my heart troubled and overwhelmed with anguish for the suffering of people I care about. The only thing that relieves “the troubles of my heart” is to pray. To pray for that person or situation that God has brought to my attention right then and there. To stop whatever it is I am doing and lift that person up in prayer and to continue to pray, whenever the person or situation comes to mind, until something happens. P.U.S.H. Pray, Until, Something, Happens is a tool that has allowed me to trust God and relieve the troubles of my heart through prayer.
Procrastination is the delaying of tasks - experts agree the primary reason that people procrastinate is FEAR. We put off that necessary doctor visit because we fear the diagnosis. We don’t apply for that promotion at work due to fear of rejection. We don’t join a ministry at church because we fear failure. God calls His children to step out in faith and trust that HE will determine the outcome. Peter was able to walk on water when he responded to Jesus’ prompting - once he lost sight of Christ, he sank. Even then, Jesus reached out to save him! When you sense that fear is causing you to hesitate, recall the words of God: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Amen!