Adjust your sails . . !



I notice that on certain mornings I get up worried, “Worried about what?” I ask myself and realize it is just a habit and most people get out of bed worried every morning!We are worried about ourselves, our jobs, children, health and just about everything, and a little later when we settle down to read the morning paper our worries increase even more as we hear about bomb blasts and terrorist attacks all over.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale talks about a woman he describes as “a nice lady,” but “she got all tired out by eight o’clock in the morning. And she wasn’t even out of her bed by then,” he said. The problem was that she “lay there thinking of all the terrible things that were going to happen to her, how badly everything would turn out, how many problems she had, how many difficulties she had to face – and by eight o’clock, she was so tired she could hardly get out of bed!”

Does it remind you a bit of yourself? An older couple lay in bed one morning, having just awakened from a good night’s sleep. He tenderly took her hand, but she pulled back, responding, “Don’t touch me.” “Why not?” he asked. “Because I’m dead.” Her confused husband said, “What are you talking about? We’re both lying here in bed together and talking to one another.” “No,” she said, “I’m definitely dead.” He insisted, “You’re not dead. What in the world makes you think you’re dead?” “Because I woke up this morning and nothing worries me!”

Such a situation can happen to you and me too, when we think that a normal morning is facing pain and fear. On the other hand, Henry David Thoreau used to lie in bed before rising and tell himself all the good news. When he arose, he was ready to meet the challenges before him.

Every day we climb from bed, we can decide how to face the day: Will we dread it or will we anticipate it? Will we resist it or will we welcome it? Attitude is everything! Remember, “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails. But I’m going to go a step farther, why don’t we place our day in the hands of the one who can adjust our sails?

He controls the winds, the sea, and the waves, all we need to do is to put our day in His hands. Let God adjust your sails today! When fear and worry come your way, And anxious thoughts set sail, Remember God is in control, And He will never fail!


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