I don’t know about you, but from time to time, I struggle with the disease of worry.
It’s not all the time, but sometimes it just totally takes over.
It honestly can come out of nowhere and then bam…it’s all encompassing.
Almost like it hijacks my thoughts.
When it gets to that point, it takes over more than my thoughts. It can take ahold of everything. And, before I know it, my back could hurt, cold sores could form and I could just get sick. It’s crazy!
Can you relate?
I don’t know what you worry about, but here are my biggies:
2. My families safety and protection.
3. Will my kids stay focused on God.
4. My families health.
I worry about other stuff, stuff like: Will Thrive Church make it? Is Thrive reaching people? My back and my problems there. Are my kids making right decisions. And, an absolute litany of other things.
Can you relate?
In the book of Matthew, Jesus comes along and he has to say quite a little bit about worry, he begins with getting right to the point…
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life”
BAM! He just lays out the answer to worry. No lead up, no warming up the crowd…just…don’t worry.
He goes on to say…“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
And another BAM! Makes total sense, right?!?
So why do we invest so much time worrying!
I don’t know about you, but I can start to dwell on a worry and it just takes over. My mind races, sometimes my heart races, I can cold sores, headaches, back pain and the list goes on and on.
So, here’s my question. If I really believe Jesus is God’s Son and He is my Lord and my Savior and the Leader of my life…shouldn’t I take to heart the truth He gives?
If worry doesn’t add any positive to my life. If all it adds is negative, then I guess I should worrying?!?
Ok, but how? How do I stop?
When worry begins to head into your thought life…
And I mean IMMEDIATELY…
Begin to Pray.
Consume yourself with talking to Jesus.
Tell him about your worries.
Pour out to him what’s going on.
Cry to him.
Call to him.
Be with him.
Ask him for his help.
More on that last part tomorrow.