Why Worry?

From time to time I worry…mostly I worry about my son when he is out and about. I sometimes worry about the outcome of a doctor’s appointment especially when I have to wait to hear test results. I also worry about getting a speeding ticket when I whiz past a police officer…I worry about my husband’s health…because of the level of stress that is involved in his job. I worry about disappointing my employer…I worry about dropping the ball on big projects or making the wrong decision.

The One thing all of my worries have in common is I have little if any control over them…Worrying does not make my son come home earlier or the test results come back quicker. Worrying does not keep me from getting a speeding ticket and it does not lessen the stress in my husbands day. Worry doesn’t keep my from dropping the ball or making the wrong decisions.

Then Why Worry? If I can change something i am worried about i should change it…If I am worrying about something I can’t change it is a waste of time and energy…

I should Let worry be a warning light that I need to pray…I should replace my worries with prayers..lift up my worries to God. Lay my worry at the feet of Jesus. Redirect my energy from time wasted worrying to trusting that God has a better plan.

Saying I am going to replace my worry with prayer is easier said than done. Worry is like a bad penny it seems to turn up at the most inopportune time…or is it the most opportune time. I guess that would depend on your point of view.

Remember worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere. I’m just sayin’…Why Worry?

Philippians 4:6 New Living Translation (©2007)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

Matthew 6:25″ Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.”

Matthew 6:34  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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4 responses to “Why Worry?

  1. Took me many, many, many years to learn this lesson. What stopped me from worrying so much? My health.
    Stress shortens life by encouraging the disease process.

    I decided my quality of life, and my living longer for my husband and daughter were worth much more than what I did or didn’t do as it pertained to others’ expectations. I’m not wasting the remaining years of my life, giving it over to worrying about others. It’s for sure…they’re not worrying about me…lesson learned.

  2. I could relate to this post – I am a worrier. Sometimes I obsess over things I cannot change. Love the scriptures and the advice to pray. Thanks 🙂

    • You are welcome… Just last night my son was very late coming home…I sat up worrying…then began to recite the beginning of the 23rd Psalm over and over…it took my mind off of my worry and refocused it. It will take time to retrain myself to do this from the beginning but i have to start somewhere.

  3. I’m not a huge worrier unless it’s something that really warrants it. I no longer worry about the little things–I’ve learned that long ago not to hurt myself in that way.

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