One of the most self-destructive things we can ever allow to become part of our lives is worry. We have all at one point or another made ourselves prisoners to worry. Worry is nothing more than fear about the unknown. When you stop to think about it, worry almost always involves the future, and things that have not happened as of yet. I find that interesting because when you consider that worry almost always involves the future, 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 very much relate to Mark Twain’s words. I know I have at times in my life allowed myself to become so overwhelmed by worry about things that I had no control over, and 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, after making myself miserable worrying about things that never ended up coming about, I made the decision to focus only on today. Today and the here and now is the only time that we have control over in our lives.Even when we focus only on today, we quickly realize that even though we have control over much of what occurs in our lives, there is much that we simply have no control over. For the things that we have no control over, we have to determine in our minds that regardless of what happens, it 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 all worked up and worried about things that have not happened yet, and perhaps never will.
In the Bible, Jesus gave some great teaching on the subject of worry that we can read about in the sixth chapter of Matthew. In Matthew 6:27, Jesus asked those who were listening to his teaching 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.
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 can get to the place that we are able to truly and consistently live once day at a time, our lives will be much happier, and we will be able to live the abundant life that God intended for us to live.
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