My friend Susan calls them mental hamsters. Like the little furry creatures, they run round and round on a wheel in your brain, causing you no end of grief. Like the rodents, their cheeks are full of pouches for storing food, but they fill theirs with words to spit at you. They look like this:
- What if I can’t pay the rent?
- What if the kids get sick? We have no insurance.
- What if I can’t get a job?
- I feel so useless. I’m so far behind at work.
Hamsters aren’t all they are cracked up to be. They stay awake all night, and aren’t really friendly day-time critters. They can carry diseases like salmonella.
Not that different from the mental kind, are they? So reconsider whether or not you want a hamster of any kind!
This thought might help you decide about the mental ones anyway.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31-33, KJV)
Prayer – Father, when mental hamsters do their wheel tricks in the night, help us rein them in with your words of comfort. Amen