Why Worry?

An older lady who had lived long enough to have learned some important truths about life remarked, "I've had a lot of trouble -- most of which never happened!"

The power the human mind to ‘worry up’ lots of different scenarios about how bad a problem or difficulty might be never ceases to amaze me. In fact, sometimes there doesn’t even have to be a problem yet are minds are playing out scenario after scenario with each one being worse than the previous one!

Now don’t get me wrong there are difficulties and problems that happen in our lives that require our attention, but will worrying about the problem help in anyway? Jesus asked an interesting question about worry in Matthew 6:27 ‘Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?’ In other words what is worrying going to accomplish? It is a futile exercise that takes up precious real estate in our minds and usually leads to negative stinkin’ thinkin’.

Worry is not our friend and leads us on a dark path; it might pretend to be a friend, but it is actually cruel task master that causes us to carry a burden that will eventually take a toll on our physical and mental health if left unchecked. To misquote the famous Yoda from Star Wars ‘Worry is the path to stinkin’ thinkin’. Worry leads to anxiety. Anxiety leads to stress. Stress leads to fear. Fear leads to suffering’

What do we do then when worry comes knocking at our door? We have a choice to make. Do we allow our minds to become a breeding ground for worry or is it possible to transform that worry into something else? Paul encourages us in Philippians 4:6-7 ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ Paul is letting us know we don’t need to worry, but we can actually change those worries into prayers, but it is a choice we must make.

When worry strikes why don’t you try praying instead? So, when you start to worry about the possibility of redundancy start to talk to your Heavenly Father. Instead of worrying about a loved one going through a life-threatening illness ask your Heavenly Father to heal them.  It is possible to choose not to dwell in the land of worry, but instead, move into the land of prayer. If God is able to speak this vast universe into existence by the power of His Word then I am sure He is able to handle our problems.

Let me leave you with some verses to encourage you to let go of worry and fear and move towards hope and faith, knowing that your Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to give all your cares and burdens to Him!

1 Peter 5:7 (NKJ) - casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Romans 8:28 (NKJ) - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Psalm 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


God bless,

Gavin