May 26, 2019

5 Reasons to Stamp out Worry



“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” -- Matthew 6:30 (KJV)

Most of us get anxious at some point. Some of us worry so much that we limit our activities and relationships. This is how anxiety can become a mental disorder.

We see tension on a more general level, too. Many people are nervous of anything unfamiliar. A-Type personalities fear losing control of a situation or a person.

Matthew, chapter 6, verses 25-34 includes some powerful verses on the subject. The information can be grouped into five categories:

1.  (vs. 25-27) Worry alone isn’t going to change any situation.
  (I’m 4’10”. Anxiety won’t add to my height.)

2.  (vs. 28-30) We’re important to God. He cares about us more than we know.

3.  (vs. 31-32) God already knows what we need.
  (How do you add to that?)

4.  (v. 33) If we seek God first, He will satisfy our wants and needs.
  (In other words, we need to get our priorities straight. It’s more important to live righteously than it is to be famous. If we live right, the good things in life will follow. For instance, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is worth $100.2 billion. He has established a foundation that helps people worldwide.) 

5.  (v. 34) We only have to worry about today. Tomorrow will bring other concerns.
 (Mental health sources agree that living in the present is healthy.        Complications come when we can’t let go of the past, or when we have anxiety for the future.)

Quotes on Worry (taken from thepositivityblog.com)

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”– Dale Carnegie
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“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”– Swedish Proverb
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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”– Leo F. Buscaglia
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My Conclusion

An image came to my mind as I pondered this subject. I saw myself riding in a fancy sports car. (It was much fancier than any car I own). Jesus was the driver. The terrain we were driving over was unfamiliar to me. The narrow road twisted and turned. On our right side were mountain cliffs. On our left was the ocean. It could have been the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

I was holding tightly to the edges of my seat; scared to death. My face was probably white with fear.

On the other hand, my experienced driver remained serene. He knew this territory like the back of his hand. He was aware of where I needed to go and what I needed to go through to get there.


Are you allowing God into the driver’s seat?

2 comments:

  1. Loved this analogy. I recently was in that car and holding on for dear life...but Jesus drove me to safety. Thank you

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  2. Carol Graham, I hear you. I've been riding in that car for most of my life...Thanks for your support!

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