This poster has been everywhere I’ve looked lately.
Calm, cool and collected.
When I picture various members of royalty, those words describe their demeanor.
Now, I’m pretty sure that royals don’t always feel calm and level-headed, but they know that their countenance conveys a message to the people and they set the tone for the nation with their conduct.
As daughters of the King of Kings, we would do well to take this lesson from earthly royalty.
So, my fellow princesses, are you keeping calm and carrying on in the face of all of the challenges you experience as a wife?
When your husband is struggling with his job, do you keep your cool and reassure him that he has favor with God and man (or that he has the mind of Christ) or do you communicate panic and fear and make him think he’s really got something to worry about?
What about when money’s a bit tight? Do you cry, “Woe is me!” or do you express that your God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?
What do you do when your husband really blows it with a decision? Do you cry out that the sky is falling and that there’s no recovering from this situation or do you boldly declare that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord and that God can work out every situation for your good and His glory?
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting that you lay aside all powers of logical thinking or look at the world through rose-colored glasses.
What I’m saying is that we are daughters of the King and HE has it under control.
No matter what we face in life, God has every answer we need. No panic required.
When we choose to keep calm and carry on, we communicate to those around us that we fully believe that everything is going to be just fine. That calmness is contagious if we express it consistently over time.
Because you know what? Everything will be fine as long as we are submitted to the Lord and our faith is in Him. Things might look a little scary in the short term, but I can tell you from experience that God has always worked things out for us. (And we have faced many things that didn’t look so good at first!)
The older I get and the more I see of the Lord’s character and provision, the easier it has become to keep calm and carry on. Now, I don’t have to remind myself to do this as often as I used to.
So, don’t give up. Even if you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster much of the time, God has already given you His Spirit…living inside you and one of the fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
That’s just another word for keeping calm!
And just do what you know to do: pray, worship, read your Bible, and do the regular things of life (you know…laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc.).
You’ll be giving your husband (and kids) a great example of faith that they can imitate.
P.S. This poster was published in 1939 by Britain’s Ministry of Information to strengthen morale during WW II and is now part of the public domain, so no credit is necessary. Come back next week to read about another “morale booster.”