I've recently been pondering 'worry'. We all do it, don't we? I know that I do. It's hereditary if nothing else!
Worrying is something I can be really good at it, if I want to be.
But do I want to be?
I don't want to worry! Not at all! Then why do I do it so often?
The Bible advises us not to worry.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" Matthew 6:25
Don't worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
So often I am guilty of just letting worry seep in and not rooting it out of my life
But what can worry really accomplish?
Worry seems to be a responsible thing to do....In fact, if we don't worry about it, no one else will, right?
But even Mark Twain has said that: "I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
It is reported that 90% of what we worry about never even happens.
It's easy to see, especially in the lives of others who are worrying, that worry is not helping, but often times is hurting them. If nothing else, worry robs the worrier of his/her joy and peace.
When we have heavy things going on in our lives, it's only natural that we worry. That's often, understandably, our first, instinctive reaction.....
However, I am searching for the possibility that perhaps a natural-born worrier like me can learn to throw it off and search sooner for the peace that God offers to us all.
What would that look like for me?
Perhaps it would look like....
Less wasted time and energies
Less creativity sapped
More good ideas for how to deal with issues, coming from a quieted heart and mind
More receptivity to the Holy Spirit's voice to my stilled spirit
More Holy Spirit power infused into my days
Less human striving accomplishing little in comparison
Today I am resolving to take each opportunity to worry, and instead, to draw closer to God in worship - thanking Him that he offers to carry my burdens for me. I need His strength. I need His power. I need Him because He is bigger, wiser, greater, all-knowing, and is always working on my behalf to bring about His good plan for my life. He's trustworthy & dependable.
I am grateful....thankful....blessed!