Don't Fight the Chaos - Adam LaRoche

I write in my journal every day. But this journal is not only for me, it’s also for my son, to whom I will one day pass it onto. As I wrote in my journal — which is more of an extended letter — to Drake recently, I wanted him to challenge himself not to fight the chaos of life.

How many of us spend our whole lives trying to get everything under control, attempting to balance our priorities better and improve our time management? What if we just learned to embrace the chaos and enjoy the craziness we’re handed? That’s not to say we aren’t supposed to evaluate what’s worth our time and energy; we are. We can’t say yes to everything because every time we say yes to something, we’re saying no to something else.

This thought came to me as I was reading my Bible one morning. I didn’t have an epiphany from God’s Word; instead, I found my mind distracted by all the other things I had to do that day.

What is it that keeps your mind distracted? What keeps you up at night? Is it worth the worry? There will always be a to-do list, there will always be things to say yes to, but at the end of the day, what has eternal value?

The Bible doesn’t tell us to walk casually through life. Paul challenges us to run the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1). When it’s time for us to slow down, I think that will happen naturally. If we are spending time with God regularly, He’ll give us a peace about what we’re to say yes to. What puts your mind at peace? When we’re running the race God has for us, we will have a peace even through the chaos. There may be valleys and hills, but the pace will be set by Someone besides ourselves.

We don’t know what’s going to happen today, much less tomorrow. Everything in our world today is done at a faster speed, aimed at gaining instant satisfaction. When we want something, we want it now, and usually we can get it immediately. But what is it we’re chasing? What’s our mission? Is our mission accomplishing today’s tasks? If it is, we will worry about the details and deadlines they carry. If our mission is completing God’s race, we will have a peace about the small details and trust God to guide us through.

So as I challenge my son to enjoy every second of this journey, I challenge you and myself with the same. Measure what is worth your worry. When others see the peace and calm you have through any and every circumstance you encounter, they will ask you about the hope you have. It’s in these chaotic moments when we will have the opportunity to share our testimony of God’s grace when we fall short.

— Adam LaRoche, former MLB player

Adam LaRoche is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Adam’s profile on The Increase: http://theincrease.com/author/adam-laroche/ 

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