I enjoy reading the "Keep Calm and..." graphics on social media. Some are funny, some are serious.
I was chatting with my daughter the other day and she asked if I knew what the original "keep calm..." was and I did not. She shared that it was "Keep Calm and Carry On." So, I googled that phrase and here is what I found on Wikipedia: "Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. Although 2.45 million copies were printed, and although the Blitz did in fact take place, the poster was hardly ever publicly displayed and was little known until a copy was rediscovered in 2000 at Barter Books. It has since been re-issued by a number of private companies, and has been used as the decorative theme for a range of products." I learned something that day and I've been pondering!
The definition of "calm" is "not stormy, free from excitement, tranquil. When I am calm, I am not worrying. Worry is "to move with effort, to be tormented by cares, uneasiness or anxiety." That is why I need to pay attention to God's Word:
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
This is the reminder I have on my refrigerator.
Lord, may I focus on you, instead of worrying and looking at my circumstances. I thank You that You are in control! I pray this for my friends as well. Amen.
What is your favorite "Keep Calm and.." saying? What can you thank Jesus for today?
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