Stop Worrying and Start Living!
Life’s too short to waste on worry!
How much precious time is wasted on worry? How many dreams are unfulfilled? How many projects are left unfinished? How many moments are missed? How much time is wasted pacing the floor, losing sleep, and wringing our hands over things that are out of our control; things that will most likely never occur? It’s time to stop worrying and start living!
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? (Matthew 6:25 AMP).
Can you relate to being perpetually uneasy? Anxious and worried? I can. I’ve also learned,
You can worry without being consumed by it.
Make a God Box
If you’re in the throws of worry right now it’s going to be hard for you to hear what you need to hear. So take that worry, write it on a piece of paper, and tuck it away in your God box. Let God’s capable hands hold it for you. Put a time limit on how long you’ll take it out of the box. Hold it with open palms and in a spirit of prayer. Invite trusted friends to pray with you. And when you’re done, fold up your worry and put it back in God’s strong hands.
Affirm Your Trust in God
In order to lay it down you need to let go. In order to let go you need to trust that the one you’re handing it off to is more qualified than you are to handle it. The only one qualified for the job is Jesus. Give up your illusion of control. You aren’t qualified to hold the universe together. But I know someone that is. Jesus is loving. He is sovereign. He is kind. He will care for you. He’s got this. Let go. Let God.
Your Mind is a Dangerous Neighborhood!
When we’re in it, fear is perpetuated by our overactive imaginations. We picture the very worst outcome and we usually picture ourselves utterly and completely alone. We picture utter and complete disaster. Why not picture a better outcome? I heard someone once say,
My best hope is every bit as likely to occur as my worst fear.
Prayerfully tell Jesus your best hope and close with this..
?nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done (Luke 22:42 NKJV).
When your mind fast-forwards to that frightening future, remember that you are not alone. Picture Jesus in the midst of it holding you steady, and imagine an ending that will glorify Him and work all things together for your good. You are a child of God. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. No matter what the future holds, He’s in it with you!
If You Can Worry, You Can Meditate!
If you can worry, you can meditate! Instead of rehearsing the negative over and over in your minds eye, rehearse the truth of God’s word. Pick a handful of verses that encourage your heart and write them on an index card. Prayerfully consider the truth of each verse throughout your day to combat the lies. God will speak to you in a powerful way. Add what you to hear to your cards and wash, rinse, repeat as often as needed!
He’ll Give You What You Need When You Need It
Life in a fallen world will not be perfect. This is not our home. Trials and tribulations will come and many of us have knocking knees just thinking about it. I like what Corrie Ten Boom said as a young girl when talking to her Dad about the horrors of the holocaust. She told him that she feared she wouldn’t be able to go through something so horrific as that. He asked her if she had a penny in her pocket – that’s what it cost to ride the bus at the time. She didn’t. He asked when she would get the penny. She told him she would get it when it was time to get on the bus. Exactly her Dad’s point. Our heavenly father gives us what we need when we need it. Whatever that thing is that you’re sure you cannot bear, know this, God will give us what we need at the exact time you need it. Not a second sooner. Not a second later.
Get Historical, Not Hysterical
This isn’t the first difficulty you’ve encountered. Now is the time to recall how Jesus has intervened in your life. We get forgetful under fire. That’s why God gave us an example in Joshua when the Israelites crossed the Jordan. He asked them to pick up stones and hang on to them as a tangible reminder of all the good things God did for them. Now is the time to reflect on your own deliverance and answered prayers. Having a hard time remembering? Look for God’s faithfulness in in the Word. Recall testimonies of other believer’s who have shared their experience, strength and hope. God hasn’t changed. He will come through yet again. Believe and be thankful!
Take Care of Your Part
Maybe you’re worried about the consequences that are to come as a result of not so great decisions or actions. Don’t run away from it. Own it and take care of your part. Know that God will work it out for good.
Someone very wise said this,
Worrying will not protect me from the future. It will just keep me from living here and now.
Even if you’re in turmoil, there’s abundant beauty in today. Don’t miss it. Redeem the time. It’s short and far too precious to squander on worry.
What’s helped you overcome worry in your life? Leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list!
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