Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
We have a new house guest who moved in with us a couple of days ago. He just finished a rehab program that lasted 8 months. His name is Chris. Our preacher, Paul, had him over in his office yesterday talking to him.
Chris was sitting there antsy and anxious, wondering what he was going to do for work. He was worried about how he was going to get his phone turned on. And...a million other questions were running through his mind. Finally Paul said to him..."I know exactly what you should do!" Chris said, "What?" Paul said, "Unpack your bags!"
What great advice! Chris had now been here two full days and had not unpacked his bags. They were sitting in the middle of the bedroom where he put them when he came in. I had empty drawers for him, but he had not unpacked!
Sometimes the most worthy goal for any of us is simply to "unpack our bags!"' We worry and we fret about what is going to happen tomorrow or next week...or even the next hour! Just the act of unpacking our bags can be calming. If we do the job that is right in front of us...maybe even a job that we have been sidestepping for several days...it's amazing how quickly everything else seems to fall into place.
So, if you are concerned about tomorrow (and who of us isn't!)...just simply start with what is in front of you, and unpack your bags.