The faculty and staff gathered this morning to reconnect ahead of their day of planning and learning. I want to share with you a part of the devotional I shared with them.
It seems as though worries are always there, always closing in on us. But worry isn’t productive. In fact, it’s a failure to trust God. The word worry comes from an Old English term that means “strangle” or “choke.” That is what worry does. It chokes us. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
Philippians tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (4:6–7 NJKV).
What if we turned our worries into prayer? It requires developing a conditioned reflex. We all have natural reflexes, like when we touch something hot and immediately pull back. Then there’s a conditioned reflex, something that becomes natural after we’ve done it so many times, like putting on your seatbelt. I encourage you to use this time of uncertainty—when worries are high—to practice reconditioning your worry reflex. The next time you’re tempted to worry, pray instead. We can’t control our universe, as hard as we may try, but we certainly can pray about it.
I pray for your peace in the midst of uncertainty.
This blog entry was originally published as a letter to school families from ROBS Head of School Leanne Reynolds.