(Colossians 3:15 NIV) “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.”

Well… who of you in the year 2012 are already stressed out?  Who of you in the New Year already have some concerns creeping into your lives?  And who of you already have full blown worries that are mounting up one on top of the other causing you to pull your hair out only three days into the New Year?

Isn’t it hard to keep those concerns and worries out of our lives?  It seems as if there are so many things that can cause us to worry – our health, family, job, vehicles, finances, and so on.  And that is exactly what the devil wants to do to you in 2012.  He wants you to stress and worry about the things of this world.

But this New Year you do not have to stress or worry about a thing!  Why?  Because you have been called to peace!  As a member of Christ’s body you can have peace all the time.   You can have peace when times are tough because Jesus has won for you salvation.  You can have peace because no matter what happens here on this earth your Savior has promised he will use it for your good.  You can have peace because Jesus has you in his tender care.

And so today, tomorrow, next week, or month, when you feel the stress and the worry of your job, family, finances, everyday life, etc., crashing in on you take a moment to remember that you do not need to worry.  You do not need to worry because your God gave you his Son.  And if he was willing to let his Son die for you how much more will he be willing to take care of you in all situations here on this earth and also for an eternity!

Able to live in the New Year with no worries because of Jesus, just like you,

Pastor Schumann