“What kind of question is that?” you might ask. “Who would – in their right mind – like to worry?” You might disagree with me on using the word “like” when it comes to worry.
Why do we keep doing it if we don’t like it? In other cases, if I don’t like something I find a way not to do it, or I change it.
If I have a habit I don’t like, I work on changing it. If I don’t want to drive this route, I will find an alternate one. If I don’t like doing dishes I buy a dishwasher.
Why can’t we do it with worry?
In Matthew 6:27 Jesus asks, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
I want to suggest that worry takes from you instead of adding.
Worry robs you of hours and maybe even days and weeks out of your life.
Worry steals your peace.
Worry deprives you of joy.
Worry confiscates your mind.
Worry takes your much needed, precious sleep.
Worry goes off with your health and refuses to return it.
Again, what does Jesus say about worrying?
“So don’t worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
“…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” Matthew 6:32b
Isn’t that encouraging to hear? God knows my needs, and I’m supposed to live in the present. Today is what matters!
The apostle Paul wrote some precious words about worrying, too!
“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
Today I make a choice not to worry. I focus on the good things in my life. I practice thanksgiving. And I pray, pray and pray some more!
While I pray, my mind focuses on God and His Word, and I let go of my worry and receive peace.
What keeps you up at night? What drives your thoughts in circles during the day? Bring it to God in prayer, and leave it with Him. “…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”