Win over worry (part 1)
Think a minute…It’s been said: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” In fact, the root word for worry is “choke” or “strangle.” Worrying chokes the life and strength out of you! Constant worrying strangles us emotionally, gradually taking away our hope and happiness. “If you don’t bury your worries, they’ll bury you.” Today and tomorrow we will learn ways to win over worry.
Remember: “Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.” You are often expecting the worst—thinking of the bad things that can happen. But this only paralyzes you, so you end up doing little or nothing at all. Worry infects you with the “paralysis of analysis.” As a mother told her children: “Worry is like a rocking chair: You can rock all day long and get nowhere.” This is why worry is a complete waste of our time and energy.
For one thing, worry makes no sense because you are trying to control what you cannot control—like the weather. Since it is impossible, why even try? Plus, to worry about something you can change makes no sense either, since worrying cannot change or fix anything! Simply do what you can do, and don’t worry about the rest.
Worry is not even natural. You would feel foolish if you walked around all day with an open umbrella over your head just because you are worried it might possibly rain later. Instead, you naturally wait to deal with the rain when it comes, if it even comes at all. We humans were not built physically, mentally or emotionally to handle more than one day’s responsibilities and challenges.
An important step to winning over worry is simply to choose not to be a victim. Many of the things we worry about come from the wrong words and behavior of other people—yet we feel somehow responsible for their bad attitudes and actions. It’s true that peace with other people is very important, but never at the expense of the truth and facts. If you know for certain that you did not do something wrong, then you are not helping the other person by always rescuing him and taking responsibility for his wrongs.
Remember, with Jesus in control of your heart and life, you are a victor not a victim of other people and circumstances. So won’t you ask Him to forgive you for living your own way, and to help you start living His way? It is only when you have His inner peace and power that you can truly win over worry. Just think a minute…