Are You Living or Existing


By Dan Polecheck

I have recently read that less than one normal eight-ounce glass of water can create a dense fog that covers a seven-block area of a city. It is, though, divided into billions and billions of drops. So little an amount of water can create so much gloom, and can even cripple an entire city. Worry and anxiety are like that. Just a small amount can settle on you like a great cloud of gloom and can keep you from enjoying your life.

When God created us worry and anxiety were not parts of our being, and especially were not parts of our energy and vocation. God created us as beings of faith and happiness, not as beings of worry. Dr. E. Stanley Jones, in his book, Transformed By Thorns, writes:

“I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath – these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely – these are my native air.”

We are inwardly constructed with nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not fear. That is the way God made us. To worry is to live against God’s plan for us. Doctors at John Hopkins University have been quoted stating:

“We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact.”

Fear deteriorates the quality of our lives and even affects our physical well-being. God did not design us to live under fear, anxiety, and worry. Faith breathes life and joy into our bodies and with faith, we find complete wholeness.

Jesus tried to change our focus from fear to faithfulness when he spoke in Matthew 6:26-27.

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? – Matthew 6:26-27

So how do we change our focus from worry to faith? How do we keep from being worrywarts? How do we solve this dilemma that we live with every single day of our lives? In my opinion, the answer lies in one of the shortest, most compelling sentences in the Bible. John 5:30. Take note that this passage is written in red and are the exact words of Jesus Christ, our powerful Lord and savior.

By myself I can do nothing.

Jesus said that!

Every step He took, every miracle He ever performed, every person He ever healed, was not by trusting who He was as the Son of God, but by depending on His Father’s strength and guidance. The same God that wants to be with us in everything that we do, every day of our lives.

If Jesus could of Himself do nothing, how do we think that we can do it by ourselves? We think we go through every day relying on our own abilities, and our brains and wits, and our own resources, but in the realm of reality we are doing nothing and living nothing. It is time that we stop worrying about how we are going to do something and realize the reality that we can do nothing without Him. The life I live is not my own, but it is a gift from my almighty Father. Why should I not turn over to Him what is rightfully His? It is time to stop telling God how big my problems are and to start telling my problems how big my God is.

By turning our whole lives to God, we can learn how to stop just existing and start living. God did not create us as beings to just plop down on the earth and do our time. He created us as living creatures to live our lives to the fullest, but to do it His way. I want you toreally look at yourselves, dig down deep and ask yourself, “how empty is my life?” Are you living or existing? Are you giving God 100% of every day that He allows you to stay on this earth?

I pray that you are or will start to.

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