How to Stop Worrying and find Peace

Moments after take-off from La Guardia Airport on January 15, 2009, a US Airways flight collided with a flock of geese. Both engines lost power, forcing Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III to make an emergency landing… in the Hudson River. He told the 150 terrified passengers and five crew members to brace for impact. Ninety seconds later he glided over the George Washington Bridge and splashed down. Everyone survived and Sullenberger became a hero; the last person to leave the sinking plane. (Story reported by


We’ve all heard ‘tomorrow is promised to no one,’ and it’s true; life can change on a dime. The Psalmist even noted that God knew the number of our days before we had a single one, “…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” It’s humbling to realize we’re one breath away from becoming an empty seat at the table. But this thought shouldn’t strike fear in our hearts—it should move us to action.


Here are three ways to make your life count today:

  1. Serve others rather than self. Every human is born ego-centric, but as we grow we learn that our actions have great impact on others. God honors our sacrifices. Hebrews 6:10a says, “God is not unjust, he will not forget your work and the love you have shown…”
  2.  Focus on giving rather than getting. Americans are consumed with acquiring – but a legacy of generosity demonstrates God’s love and impacts others in a meaningful way. Are you generous with the people and causes you care about? Would you consider a gift in your will to Los Angeles Mission? This could be a powerful way to give even after you die.
  3. Move from fear to faith. Many people are consumed with the cares of life, but God created you for peace. As 2nd Timothy 1:7 reminds us, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 

You don’t have to worry away your days. Trust God for freedom from fear and choose to make each day count.