OVERCOME YOUR WORRY

We’ve been hit with an incredible one-two punch. First the coronavirus and now racial unrest. Many were struggling with all the problems COVID-19 had created and now there is all the chaos from protests for the senseless killing of a black man.

This all leads to the temptation to worry. In Matthew 6:25,34 Jesus says, “I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.” Jesus wants us to overcome worry. He knows it does us no good.

Worry is irreverent because it fails to recognize that God is working in this world. God is in control – He has not forgotten you and placed you in exile somewhere. God is at work, doing new things all the time. But when you worry, you are saying that God is not in control. And worry is disobedient to God because He commands you not to worry.

Worry is irresponsible because it wastes your energy so that you don’t have the energy you need for constructive and creative problem-solving. It is irresponsible to feel that you are responsible for other people’s happiness (spouse, children, friends, co-workers.) Worry wears you out and burdens you so that you don’t have what is needed to overcome situations in your life.

And worry is irrelevant, it cannot change anything. Worry accomplishes nothing beneficial. It is not constructive but destructive, it is not a help but a hindrance, it is not part of the solution but part of the problem.

Experts have estimated that forty percent of things you worry about will never even happen, thirty percent of things you worry about are things from the past, twelve percent of your worries are about your health (when nothing is actually wrong with you), and ten percent of things you worry about are too petty and insignificant to really affect your future.

So, only eight percent of the things you worry about legitimately deserve any of your concern and thought. Modern medical research has shown that worry can break down your resistance to disease and can cause medical problems in the digestive organs and the heart.

When you see worry for what it really is it is simply not helpful to your mental or physical health. With God’s help, you can overcome whatever causes you to worry.

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