I’ve learned worry does nothing but make me miserable, weakening the ability to live well. Yet. Worry is a part of our stressed out, busy, pressured world. It seems to me that worry has crept further into our society than ever before . . . we’re being conditioned to be obsessed with what’s happening within the very moment it happened . . . using text, tweets, email and whatever else to know what’s going on in the world around us. And. Our communication is more like receiving a headline rather than a story, causing worry about every stinking detail that might occur from the personal or public headline sent out. It seems to me, we’ve lost the sense that ultimately it’s out of our realm of control through the need for immediate answers.
Worry is an obstacle from the way God has destined us to live in peace and wholeness. Jesus said: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life (Matthew 6:27, NIV)? In the end, worry shortens our life as it settles into our mind, body, and soul. The Apostle Paul had the perspective:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6, NLT).
This is a clear precept, not a suggestion: Do not worry about one thing. Period. Don’t do it. Worry is not to exist in any part of our life.
But. When worry creeps into our mind and heart, we are to pray. When we turn to prayer, we are able to let worry leave our mind, emotions, and spirit through confessing each detail belongs to God, in belief God is not bound to our limits but has greater power than we can think, ask, or imagine.
I served in a church which needed to move out from some difficult circumstances. But. We were stuck. Pastor Chuck Higgins, about 80 years old at the time, came with a message that he repeated over and over, holding up one finger of his hand for each word, making it clear–
RELAX . . . GOD . . . IS . . . IN . . . CONTROL.
After he made his five-finger point, he gave us “high fives,” celebrating the work of God, teaching us to let go of what was out of our control. I like to add one more phrase–
It will be okay.
How do we relax and not worry?
It’s a matter of practice. When we begin to worry . . . we need to consciously let the worry go by immediately praying. When we start praying, we are enabled by the Spirit of God to let go of the worry, to face the circumstance, to realize life is not about ourselves, the circumstances, or anyone else but about God who is with us, who will never leave us, and is bringing all things together for good.
Relax, God is in control. It will be okay.
- Do not worry.
- Do not worry about anything.
- Pray about everything.
- Believe God is working everything out for good.
Learning to Kickstart the day by praying instead of worrying,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)