How do we live with worry and stress and fear? How do we withstand these joy stealers? 

Let me be downright practical and tell you what I do. First I remind myself early in the morning and on several occasions during the day, "God, You are at work, and You are in control, and, Lord God, You know this is happening. You were there at the beginning, and You will bring everything that occurs to a conclusion that results in your greater glory in the end." 

And then? Then (and only then!) I relax. From that point on, it really doesn't matter all that much what happens. It's in God's hands. 

The pressure on you may be intense. A half-dozen joy stealers may be waiting outside your door, ready to pounce at the first opportunity. However, nothing can rob you of your hold on grace, your claim to peace, or your confidence in God without your permission. 

Choose joy. Never release your grip!


Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll,Wisdom for the Way(Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001).Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.