The world of comics again crossed paths with the advice from the Jack’s Winning Words blog. Today, Pastor Freed used this quote – “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” (Epictetus)
On today’s installment of Pearls Before Swine the character Rat tells Goat that the key to life is not to worry about things that are outside his power to control. As Goat is about to congratulate Rat on his new philosophy, Rat blurts out that he is instead going to focus on amassing more power so that he will be able to control everything. It is unfortunate that the philosophy that Rat was espousing is what drives so many today.
I’ve opined here a few time about offloading the worries that one cannot really change by giving them to God and saying “not my will, but thy will be done.” To some, who are more closely aligned with the philosophy of Rat that may sound like a cop-out or surrender – an admission of failure. However, to those who “get it” it is actually an acceptance of God’s role in our lives and His dominion over the events that we will live through. It is also the first, and critical step that one must take before asking for God’s help with those events.
Some may be tempted to ask God to make the situation go away, but that’s not it works. Ask instead that God give you the bravery, patience, intelligence, and perseverance to resolve the problem and the faith and wisdom to accept the outcome.
So spend your time and energy on planning and executing things that are within you power to do and stop worrying about things over which you never will have control. Leave those things to God.
Don’t worry, He’ got your back.