March 5, 2018
I seem to use a scorecard ev’ry day:
“How’s it going? Are things going my way?”
“Are things finally ‘coming together’?”
“Are struggles getting any easier?”
“Will they finally be in a good mood?”
“Will she notice her crummy attitude?”
“Did somebody notice what I did well?”
“I’d like more passion to really excel.”
“Are things at home more calm and more peaceful?”
“Am I getting my due? What’s fair? Equal?”
“Is there less drama? Why can’t we agree?!?!”
“Why won’t a loved one want to be with me?”
Do I have a tyrannical scorecard?!
Have I buried my peace in its graveyard?
Do I create my own anxiety?
I’m torpedoing my own piety!
The scorecard I have creates misery!
If I use it, I’ll have anxiety!
Demanded outcomes bring pressure to bear,
So little control, I’ve stepped in a snare.
With each new question and with each new thought,
Worry and tension built through things I sought.
No peace will I find holding that scorecard.
I must tear it up! Throw it overboard!
To write a new scorecard where would I start?
Be a blessing? Think of one to impart?
Honor God today; proudly wear His name.
Serve someone at work; His love I’ll proclaim.
With my new scorecard, I’ll give up “my way:”
“How’s it going for you? How is your day?”
“May your troubles start coming together.”
“I hope your struggles will get easier.”
Oh, Lord, please help me be in a good mood.
May I exemplify Christ’s attitude.
I want to encourage one who did well.
May I increase their passion to excel.
Even if little is calm and peaceful,
Help me lay down my life for your people.
May I quell drama, find ways to agree,
Keep on loving when one doesn’t love me.
With this new mindset and a new scorecard,
May I spread peace in a world that is hard.
Help me see folks and their anxiety,
May blessing flow out of my piety.
This scorecard I have creates inquiry!
They ask why I have wee anxiety!
“Desired outcomes I’ve left to His care.
Whatever He gives, with joy I will share.”
(Philippians 4:6-9; Psalm 116:7; Psalm 91:1; Matthew 6:25-34; I Peter 5:7; Mark 4:19)