believed problem was did not matter. You had to perfect your skills to the point where you could worry about big and small problems equally. Once you reached this level, you could join the club with all of the rights and privileges of all of the other worriers. I have told you stories before about things I worried over. I worried a lot and I was good at it. When I became a teenager, I began reading my Bible more and I came across the words of Jesus as found in John 14. I was going through one of my “difficult” times at that point and the words jumped off the page at me. Since then I read or quote these words when I feel myself starting to worry. Here is what it says:

John 14:1-6 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going. Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”

Let me share with you why these verses are so important to me. The very first line says, “Let not your heart be troubled.” When I read the word “let” it tell me that I have a choice in the matter. I can literally choose whether to allow my heart to be troubled or not. Do you see this? Other translations say “Your mind must not be troubled; You must not let yourselves be distressed; or Set your troubled hearts at rest.” Regardless of how you read this, the message is the same; it is up to us. So many times we default to responding to our situations instead of rising above them. To rise above a situation means that you decide not only how you will respond to the situation, but also how you will allow the situation to affect you. Jesus is our example of how we should live on this earth. When He was performing miracles, His disciples marveled at what He did. Jesus told His disciples not to marvel because greater works they would be able to do. If Jesus is our example and He expects that we would do greater works than He did while He was on earth, the least we should be able to do is to begin to model His behavior. We may not get surpassing His miracles, but we can model His actions, His love and His dependence on His Father.

We can choose not to have our hearts troubled. There are some things that will bother us no matter how strong our faith is, but the strength comes in how we respond to the situation. Jesus asked us not to allow our hearts to be troubled – but to believe in God and in Him. He reminds us that life on this earth is temporary and He has prepared a place for us that will exist through out all of eternity. If we see life here as temporary and our true life starting once we enter into God’s presence, we