As humans, we tend to worry about things. We worry about paying our bills, what to wear, what we are going to eat. Sometimes we worry about things that have gone on in our past, or even the future. I know there was a time in my life where I worried about everything that didn’t matter. What other people thought of me, and if they liked me or not. I worried about pleasing my parents. I worried if I was a good wife or even a good mother. My worries led to doubts and my doubts led to an unhealthy mind set.
Worry is a destructive emotion. It’s reveals a lack of faith that God loves us and is in control. We should not worry instead we should trust in God. When we dwell on our problems we will become anxious and sometimes angry (another destructive emotion when not used in it’s proper place). Too much worrying can lead to mental and physical sickness.
1. Damage your health
2. Cause the object of your worry to consume your thoughts
3. Disrupt your productivity
4. Negatively affect the way you treat others
5. Reduce your ability to trust in God.
We worry about details over which we have no control over, while neglecting specific areas, (such as attitudes, relationships, and responsibilities) that are under our control. We can’t control other peoples reactions or opinions. However, we can control how we respond to them. We can not control when our car breaks down unexpectedly, However, we can control our attitude towards the circumstance. We have no control over a lost job. However, we can take responsibility and do what we can all while having faith that God will take care of you. We need to concentrate on what God has given us to do and leave the rest to him.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
Jesus commands us not to worry, but how can we avoid it? Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by being impatient, greedy, or covetousness. It is good to work and plan responsible. However, it is not good to dwell on all the ways our planning could go wrong. Worrying is pointless because it can’t feel any of our needs.
Seven Reasons Not To Worry:
1. The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life
2. Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today.
3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful
4. God does not ignore those who depend on him
5. Worry shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God
6. There are real challenges God wants us to pursue and worrying keeps us from them.
7. Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.
What are your major concerns of today? 20 years from now, as you look back, will these worries look petty and inappropriate?
We are often confused by the even ts around us. There are many things that we will never understand, other things will fall back into place as we look back and see how God was working. Proverbs. 21:24 tells us not to worry if we don’t understand everything as it happens instead we should trust that God knows what he is doing, even if his timing is not clear to us.
Can you imagine never being ‘Anxious About Anything’ It seems impossible, I know. We all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school, but Paul ‘s advice is to turn our worries into prayers.
When you worry less you have more peace in your heart. God’s peace. His peace is different for the world’s peace. True peace is not found in positive thinking, in absence of conflict, or in food feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. His peace guards your heart from anxiety. If we concentrate on God, his love, his goodness, the life that he has blessed us with, we end up finding that peace. And that is something we ALL strive for.
I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. -Henry Ford