W is for Worry
Sometimes we find ourselves worrying about all kinds of different things big and small. Maybe were worried about how her neighbors are thinking about us. Maybe worried about how the kids are doing in school. Sometimes we get ourselves so worked up about what ever it is were worried about that we can’t even think straight. There are times when it seems that we worry about the very fact that we are worried.
Worry, What Does It Get Us?
Really we gain nothing from worrying. The Bible tells us that we can’t add a single hour to our life by worrying. Medical research in resent years has done plenty of studies on worry and stress and the toll it takes on our bodies. Worry adds to our stress and that is bad news for us.
Worry, Worry, Go Away
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just tell worry to go away and it would. Sometimes when we are pressed down by worry and trouble well-meaning friends will remind us to just have faith or trust on God. That’s important but this isn’t a magic charm. Despite our best efforts and great faith worry will creep in. But it can’t let this worry become a source of guilt because I know from experience that only leads to more worry and from there it’s a downward spiral.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
This of was made popular by song several years ago but life isn’t that easy. Sometimes what we need to do is to find hope and joy despite the circumstances that are causing us to worry.
What if it’s Real
Sometimes what we worry about might be something that we do need to be giving thought to. Maybe there is a hurricane approaching our area. We can turn our worry into action. We can work at being as prepared as possible. We can take steps to insure the best possible outcome in the worst possible circumstance. There is a reason that families and school practice what needs to be done in the event of a fire, tornado, or other emergency. If we practice our response than even in the midst of our worry we can still act.
If we are worried about our children or friends we can turn this worry into the action of prayer or in the case of death or illness maybe our action turns to provide meals or babysitting.
What really makes worry bad is when we allow it to control us and we become paralyzed by it. It happens when we can’t see any hope or when we forget to rejoice. So when we worry because we will we need to be conscious about how we react and whether we allow it to control us and our thinking OR if we will turn it around to a call of action that gets us moving and helps us work through it.
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