Worry is self-destructive. At one time or another everyone has been a prisoner to worry. Worry is fear about the unknown. Worry almost always involves the future and things that have not yet happened. For us to become worried, we have to manufacture possible problems in our minds that have not even occurred yet! The great author Mark Twain once spoke about worry in a humorous way when he said, “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” I can relate to Mark Twain’s words. At times in life I have worried about things that I had no control over. As time passed, I discovered that my worries were unfounded because the things I was worried about never materialized. I love the old saying that says “Worry is like rocking in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Somewhere along the way in my life, I grew tired of being a worrier. Eventually I chose to focus only on today. Today is the only time we can control . Even when we focus only on today, we soon realize there is much we can’t control. Regardless of the challenges we have no control over, we have to be determined they will not deter us from pursuing our hopes and dreams. Success in life is less about what happens to us, and more about how we react to what happens to us. There are enough troubles that will automatically come our way in life. We should not add stress to our lives by getting worried about the future and things beyond our control.
In the Bible, Jesus gave some great teaching on the subject of worry. In the sixth chapter of Matthew, Jesus asked the question, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” In Matthew 6:34 Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” The next time you find yourself stressed out by worry, take a look at the sixth chapter of the book of Matthew in the Bible.
There are five good reasons to not worry.
1. The Bible tells us not to. If you aspire to be everything God created you to be, you must follow the advice of God’s word. Within the Bible are numerous scriptures telling us not to worry. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”(Matthew 6:25-32 NIV) In his letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
2. It doesn’t help your situation. No amount of worry will improve your situation. Worry is self-destructive and a complete waste of time. Jesus posed the question “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:7 NIV)
3. Worry will make you physically ill. Worrying can affect your daily life to the point it interferes with your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Many excessive worriers become so anxiety-ridden they seek relief in harmful lifestyle habits such as overeating, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs. Worry can potentially destroy your health.
4. Worry keeps your from receiving from God. Worry is really a lack of faith. When a person worries, they are wavering in their faith and belief that God is in control of their situations. The Bible tell us that a person who’s faith wavers should not expect anything from God. Take a look at what the Bible says in the book of James. It says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:5-6. KJV)
5. Worry keeps you from reaching your full potential. When a person worries they are normally hesitant to take risks. Always fearing the worst and considering the “what ifs” will keep you from taking action. Without stepping outside your comfort zone and taking an occasional risk, you will never grow emotionally or spiritually. If you are to ever reach your full potential and be everything God created you to be, you must lay worry aside and trust God. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (NLT)
Always remember what worry is. It is nothing more than fear about the unknown. Many have said that the word fear stands for FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. I heard it once said that fear causes us to run from enemies that are not chasing us. Don’t let your mind manufacture doubts and worries about things that may never happen. Enjoy each day for the blessings that you have today, and deal with tomorrow when tomorrow comes. When we consistently live once day at a time, our lives will be much happier. Then we can live the abundant life that God intended for us to live.
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