Stay calm and carry on

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Stay calm and carry on”
 
The other day they buried Prince Philip, the husband of the Queen of England. He was 99 years old and they were married for 73 years. I’ve never been a big fan of British royalty but I did have great admiration for Prince Philip. In addition to being a military man and a war hero, he was a pillar of strength and support for the Queen. He was also a kind and compassionate man of good humor and sharp wit.
 
But another thing he was known for was his calm and stoic demeanor in the face of great trials and struggles. When faced with tough times he was unfazed and unruffled. He didn’t scare easily; he was not intimidated or flustered; and he didn’t give-in to panic. Even if in his mind he was concerned and troubled, his outward demeanor was one of calmness and control. And, Philip was a man of deep faith. He would tell you that his faith in the Lord was the most important thing about him.
 
One of Philip’s favorite sayings, and one he offered to others as a bit of helpful advice was, “Stay calm and carry on.” That’s it. Just keep your head, don’t panic, don’t give-in to extreme thinking, and just keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
 
I’ve known other people like that. Military officers, Navy Seals, emergency medical personnel, and many average Christians who had that unique ability to keep their heads and to stay calm despite the difficult situations they found themselves in.
 
This is the lesson Paul teaches in Philippians 4:6-7 (above). Regardless of what you’re facing, commit it to the Lord in prayer, draw your strength and courage from Him, and then stay calm and carry on. Refuse to be ruffled or intimidated. Don’t give-in to fear or panic. Especially don’t allow extreme thoughts or doomsday thinking to take over in your head.
 
Whatever it is you find yourself faced with today, I encourage you to bring it to the Lord in prayer and then “stay calm and carry on”.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim  
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