Let me guess…you worry.
You worry about how to pay your bills, you worry if someone at work is going to throw you under the bus, you worry about a loved one’s health issue, and you worry about your children regardless of their age. I presume this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for you in the worry domain.
I’ll be honest. I worry too.
There have been times when I’ve felt overwhelmed and completely drained by the ever-growing list of concerns. It’s so easy to freak out when this happens but…
What if there was a way to undermine the dread of worry before it rears its ugly head? What if there was a way to soften the blow? Would you be interested?
Unveiling the Secret Sauce to Minimize Worry
Worries are relentless. If allowed, they will nag us forever. In order to diminish the upward trajectory of worry in our lives, we must learn how to effectively deal with the green-eyed monster. Here’s what works for me:
Pray. I know this is stating the obvious but how many of us actually stop, stay quiet, and go to God in prayer when our lives are bursting with worry? I often fail in this regard but on those rare occasions when I step away from the madness and bring my weary soul to God’s doorstep, I’m rewarded. It’s true, there is “a peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) when we enter into God’s presence. Amazingly, He’s waiting for us to come to Him with our concerns. God desires intimacy. PRAY.
Trust. God loves you. You can place your trust in Him completely. The question I find myself asking in times of uncertainty is whether I’ve put this particular concern into His hands? Have I trusted Him with the outcome? Often times, the answer is “no.” All I need to do is to recall the past when I did trust Him with life stuff and remember how He victoriously brought me through the storm. That’s not to say things have always worked the way I wanted but God did “make all things work together for good…according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). TRUST.
Rest. Here’s where the rubber meets the road for me. I can pray without ceasing, trust in the loving power of our Father, but resting in the assurance that He’s on top of the situation is a struggle. I think they call it “impatience.” I know God can handle every single crisis that pops into my life but, well, sometimes I wish He’d hurry up and resolve the matter. There is a purpose to God’s timing and I’m finally learning to “find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1) REST.
I’m not sure I’ll be entirely free from worry this side of heaven. However, I do believe that, with God’s help, the worry is manageable. In Matthew 6:25-34, a/k/a the “DO NOT WORRY” passage, the Lord says “do not worry” three different times. There has to be a reason why He’s so emphatic, right?
The next time you find yourself in a boatload of worry, sample the secret sauce for yourself. Pray, Trust, and Rest in your heavenly Father.
Dr. David Jeremiah once said:
“You can visit worry but don’t live there!”
Good advice, dear friends.
Be a blessing,