Anxiety into Peace

For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.

-C.S. Lewis

A habit that I have come to cherish is a habit of peace and tranquility. It came from a mix of things I took away from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie and The Servant Leader by Blanchard and Hodges and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lweis.  I like to do it as soon as my eyes open in the morning.  It goes like this.

  • get down on your knees and place your hands face down on the ground
  • list off all the things you are working towards in your life and commit them to the LORD
  • once you have exhausted your list turn your palms up and ask the LORD “What will You have of Your servant today LORD?”
  • listen and weigh what you hear against your foundation in the Bible
  • take your marching orders for the day and go in peace

I have been taught that often when I am anxious or worried about projects I am working on it is likely because I have not committed them to the LORD.  That I am being prideful and working for my own selfish interests.

Over the years I’ve returned to the image above to help refocus on God’s will.  It’s a visual takeaway from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.   The idea that eternity transcends all time and that the point at which eternity touches time is right now.  C.S. Lewis suggests that God wants us to focus on eternity and right now.   The Deceiver, on the other hand, would have us focus on the distant past and the distant future as a way to make sure we are not doing what we should be doing right now.  To paralyze us with fear and worry so we do not focus on a key question in life, what can I do right now to store up treasure in heaven?

God help us focus on eternity and now.  Help us focus on You and on others.  Lead our spirits on level ground and establish the work of our hands LORD.