6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)
In this passage, verse 6 has been a favorite of mine for years. In different translations it may say, Do not be anxious, Be careful for nothing, Don’t fret or Don’t worry. All words meaning the same thing. I have taught this verse to my children and have said it so many times that when they are facing something and I start to share it, they roll their eyes and say, “I know, I know, Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything, tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for the answers.” Yes, that is the translation that they use. Is it King James? New International Version? The message? No, It’s the Mom-version.
The Mom version is my attempt to share scripture when I am not really 100% sure exactly how it’s worded but I feel that I have the meaning. So, in my case, I feel that sharing the meaning of the scripture is important, but the exact wording of it is not. I oftentimes don’t know where a scripture is found in the Bible, but I know it’s in there. I don’t know how to quickly find the perfect verse, but I do know some basic themes.
This summer I did a Max Lucado Bible Study titled Anxious for Nothing. In it, he does his own version of Phil 4:6-8 that I love and wish I could’ve taught my kids.
C – Celebrate God’s Goodness
A – Ask God for help
L – Leave your concerns with Him
M-Meditate on Good Things
So, whether you have the ability to memorize scripture verbatim or if you have to create your own version keeping the meaning true, be sure to come up with a way to share God’s message with others. And, remember to Celebrate God’s goodness, Ask him for help, Leave your concerns with Him and then Meditate on Good Things. That’s what the Bible says (in a variety of different ways.)