TODAY: OCTOBER 27, 2021
Today’s Devotion Written by Trina Volbrecht
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
How many times have you heard the word “should” this week? We say it in our self-talk, “I really should …” We say it to each other, “Hey, we should …” It gets said to us, “Mom, we should …”
I have often read this Philippians text with a should attitude. I should bring everything to God in prayer, oh yeah, and I should be thankful about it! Yikes.
I once had someone challenge me to remove the word from my vocabulary. Gosh that was hard, impossible with children in the house! What that exercise taught me is I don’t want to remove the word. It brings expectation and joy. It helps with preparation and minimizing anxiety in life. However, I can only love the “shoulds” in my life when I have carved enough time of quiet with God. God doesn’t need me to be thankful all the time, God just needs me to show up in the life created all around me. Maya Angelou shares, “Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spaces of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.” What I know to be true today is the canopy of treetops welcomes all the “shoulds” and helps bring thankfulness at the same time! Thanks God!