As we look through the window tonight and see the new year which begins in just a few hours, I want to suggest that through all of our resolutions or lack thereof, we keep one thing in mind: stay calm. By the time you read this, you may have already taken some steps into the new year. You are already looking at the promise and uncertainty of the days that are stretched out before you. You have dreams and plans, hopes and expectations, fears and concerns. Through all of this, let’s agree to do our best to do this one thing throughout the new year: Stay Calm. Staying calm gets us in position to receive all that God has provided for us. It is resting, trusting, and releasing our faith that He will take care of us. He has big plans for us, things for us to do, places to go, adventures to experience, people to love. As we ride this out, we may encounter ripples, waves, and sometimes turbulence. If we can stay calm, we can ride it out with Him and get to the other side with joy and the sense that it has been a year well-lived. Be strong and courageous! Here are three ways to do this:
1. Don’t let your mind run away with you. You must quiet your soul and clear your mind and emotions of everything that is upsetting. Refuse to allow the lies of the enemy to permeate your thinking, for this will keep you from being able to walk and live in the Spirit. When you hear a piece of negative news or information, or if something upsets you or makes you angry, calm down. Take a deep breath. Remember Who is watching out for you. He will take care of you. God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us. If you are feeling that He has forsaken you, chase that thought away. It is not the truth. Calm down, and let Him be your life preserver. You can float on the promise that He will be with you always, even to the end of the earth.
2. Get on the other side of it. When something is trying to bother you, think about how you will feel when it is over. Experience the feeling of the positive outcome in your imagination. Let your imagination keep you right there until it is over, and you will sail through with calmness instead of having to deal with the rolling waves. You may feel as though your little boat will capsize. Pressure may come trying to get you to believe that things will not turn out well. It is really up to you whether you enjoy your ride or focus on the rocking of the boat. You will get to the other side. Stay calm, and ride out the storm. You are not alone in the boat. God is with you.
3. Take one thing at a time, one moment at a time. What is the one thing you need to do right now. Slow and steady, be calm and enjoy the moment. Each moment will unfold and before you know it, you are on the other side, and things worked out pretty well for you after all.
Try this: When you feel upset, unhappy, down, angry, or blue, take a deep breath, meditate the verse above, and calm yourself. Everything will work out.