Thought of the Day November 7, 2016

By 2:13 PM

"When we are anxious we are inclined to over prepare. We wonder what to say when we are attacked, how to respond when we are being interrogated, and what defense to put up when we are accused. It is precisely this turmoil that makes us lose our self-confidence and creates in us a debilitating self-consciousness. Jesus tells us not to prepare at all and to trust that he will give us the words and wisdom we need. What is important is not that we have a little speech ready but that we remain deeply anchored in the love of Jesus, secure about who we are in this world and why we are here. With our hearts connected to the heart of Jesus, we will always know what to say when the time to speak comes." (Henri Nouwen) When our hearts are rooted in the Lord and we are aware of his presence with us, we have the assurance in faith that the Spirit will give us the words to say.  This is Jesus' promise. Anxiety becomes self-focused. Trust in the Lord becomes other-focused. What we say and do is not as important as what the Lord will say and do through us as we surrender to him in love. We may not impress the other but will be pleasing to the Lord.

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