Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
— Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)
A lot of the times, I think that this verse is completely over-looked. My fellow Christians know that the most popular verse in Philippians 4 is verse 13. Am I right? Well, I would just like to say that in my situation, verses 6 and 7 take the cake.
I am your class-A worrier. I like to say that I am just being realistic in my thinking, but 80% of the time, I am thinking about things that would never happen in the first place. Yep, I worry about far too much for one person, let alone someone of my age.
So, I am challenging myself — again. My challenge is “instead of worrying, pray.” I do believe that rising to this challenge could prove to be a much more healthy way of living!
Okay, so that set in stone, let me just go ahead and tell you my favorite part of this verse: “It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
The dictionary definition of the word “displaces” is:
2. to move or put out of the usual or proper place.
3. to take the place of; replace; supplant: Fiction displaces fact.
4. to remove from a position, office, or dignity.
5. Obsolete . to rid oneself of.
Sounds good to me! “To move or put out of the usual…place (2).” USUAL. Believe me when I say that I have a lot of room where worry usually is.
“It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” “…the center of your life.” Hmm. Center.
The dictionary definition of the word “center” is:
2. a point, pivot, axis, etc., around which anything rotates or revolves: The sun is the center of the solar system.
3. the source of an influence, action, force, etc.: the center of a problem.
4. a point, place, person, etc., upon which interest, emotion, etc., focuses: His family is the center of his life.
5. a principal point, place, or object: a shipping center.
9. the core or middle of anything: chocolate candies with fruit centers.
I could spend all day on this definition alone, but that would turn into a completely different blog! So, I will just stick with this one for now.
My favorite definition is number 4 “a point, place, person, etc., upon which interest, emotion, etc., focuses”. If worry has been at the center, and that is what I have been focusing my interest and emotions on, then no wonder I am so miserable all of the time!
I am ready for a replacement to step in. It’s time to change the core of my thinking, to change what my mind revolves around — it’s time.