August 31, 2023

Taylor Christensen
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34
"Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”"
John 21:20-22

‘What is that to you?’ Oof… Jesus’ response to Peter’s question in this passage sounded harsh to me the first time I read it, but God has lovingly used these five words to bring me so much peace and freedom over the last few weeks. Whether it’s releasing thoughts of comparison towards others, or freedom from frequent worries related to people around me, the more I meditate on this passage, the more I become aware of how much growth in God I need to focus on right in front of me.

What might seem like a harsh rebuke is actually one of deep care and compassion. The more I’ve aimed to take distracting thoughts captive, the more I’ve realized how often my concerns about others or their circumstances draw me away from the light and easy yoke I so desperately desire.

Lord, please grow my desire to focus on You each day. Please help me avoid comparison, judgment, or distress in areas beyond my control or concern. Please help me fix my eyes on You, Jesus.