Here’s some sage advice from Chuck Colson from a forthcoming book (August 2015) called My Final Word (Zondervan). The title of the piece is “In His Hands.”
“This is a time when people are really wringing their hands. I’ve never seen such anxiety over the threats of terrorism, the shaken economy, and possible job loss. All the polls show an amazing insecurity among Americans, with a majority of us thinking our country is on the wrong track.
This is where our Christian faith should kick in and give us a perspective with which we can view these events. We must not succumb to despair, even if the whole world is; despair is a sin because it denies the sovereignty of God.
Our job is not to figure out how all these cosmic events are going to work out–what our relations will be with China, whether the unemployment rate will start down or not. Our job is simply to do what God has called us to do, one day at a time, and do it as well as we possibly can, leaving the outcome in His hands.
People have accused me of being an optimist when I talk this way. But it isn’t a question of optimism. Optimism comes from the word optics, that is, how you see things. We’re not talking about how you see things or perceive things; we’re talking about how God will respond to events, and how He will use us as part of His response.
Philippians 4:8–one of my favorite passages of Scripture because it talks about keeping your mind on things that are good and strong and true–supports this idea.” (pp. 80-81)