Thursday, December 20, 2012
Worrying . . . I come from a long line of worriers. I worried about work, family, friends, health issues . . . the list is practically endless. I am convinced that worrying & stress are large contributors to cancer. I don't want any more worry in my life.
I still get concerned about things from time to time, but I'm hoping that my days of "worrying" are over.
I know it's easier said than done & it takes a lot of practice not to worry about things. I had to make a conscious effort to not worry.
When I was a kid, I was in the children's choir at church. One of the songs we used to sing had the following lyrics:
Why worry, when you can pray?
Trust Jesus, Heíll be your stay.
Donít be a doubting Thomas,
Rest fully on His promise,
Why worry, worry, worry, worry when you can pray?
~ John W. Peterson ~
Truly, instead of worrying, I pray & leave the situation in God's hands. And, as my mom & dad's neighbor is so fond of saying: "It is what it is." ~ Frankie ~
If we're honest with ourselves, we can probably even say:
Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT):
25 ďThat is why I tell you not to worry about everyday lifeówhether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isnít life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They donít plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And arenít you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 ďAnd why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They donít work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 ďSo donít worry about these things, saying, ĎWhat will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?í 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 ďSo donít worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Todayís trouble is enough for today.
Challenge today: Don't worry.
Blessings to you!!