|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The end of anxiety and despair”
Our Bible verse for today: “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s the worst thing you can do”
Being alone when you’re struggling with anxiety and despair is the worst thing you can do. When you’re alone the voices in your head have unrestrained access to your thoughts. And if your voices are like my voices, they’re loud, obnoxious, demanding, and wrong.
So, how do you shut them off? You know as well as I do that they will not easily sit down and shut up just because you tell them to. No, something else or someone else has to shut them up and sit them down. You have to fill your mind with other, more positive voices. Prayer, Bible reading, Christian music, a good Christian book, are all wonderful resources and can be very helpful at such times.
But often we need something more. We need to replace the negative with some positive, and we need some help to do it. Immersing yourself in an uplifting, encouraging, spiritually nurturing crowd of people will expose you to lots of good positive influences, and it will crowd out the chattering demons of negativity that have been filling your head and stealing your joy.
In Psalm 122:1 King David paints a picture of a band of brothers and sisters filled with eager and joyful anticipation as they make their way to the gathering of God’s people. They’re looking forward to being immersed in and surrounded by lots of brothers and sisters worshiping God, encouraging each other, and enjoying one another’s company. That’s what it’s like to be with God’s people, and we all need a lot more of it.
Life is hard. Sometimes it’s harder than at other times. And at such times, we need to fill our lives and our heads with as much good stuff as we can. Being alone is the worst thing you can do. You’re giving the demons of negativity unrestricted access to your mind.
Here’s the invitation I extend to you today, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Today (Saturday October 22nd) the people of Oak Hill Baptist will be gathered at 3:00 for what we’re calling a Fall Bash. It will be like a Fall Harvest Festival. It will be a time of fellowship and fun. There will be hamburgers and hotdogs, sides and desserts, corn hole, basketball, a cake walk, a candy give-away, and lots more. It will be lively and it will be fun. We would love to have you join us.
Being alone is often the worst thing we can do.
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