Worry less? An oxymoron for sure, right? Those two words simply do not belong together. Is there such a concept? Is it possible in this world of uncertainties, death, disease and destruction to worry less?
Take it from someone, whose bloodline is filled with worriers; YES. The key is to understand your worries and the power they have in your life. The topic of worry has been a struggle for humans for thousands of years. So much so, that Jesus saw it important enough to teach about in his Sermon on the Mount. We can learn vital lessons about our worries (and save thousands of $$ on prescriptions and doctor visits) by revisiting what Jesus says about worry:
1. Worry cannot add one single minute to your day, so it truly is useless (Mt. 6:27). Ironically, one of our biggest worries is the lack of time in the day to accomplish everything on our “to-do” list. If you can’t “worry more time into the day,” there must be a better solution.
2. Worry indicates a lack of faith (Mt. 6:28-30). Claiming to be a person with a strong faith, falling into the “Oh ye of little faith,” category is a hard pill to swallow. I must remember however, that faith is the ability to maintain my inner strength (worry less) by trusting completely in the promises of God amid the problems of life.
3. Worry may indicate that I am on the wrong path (Mt. 6:31-33). God sometimes uses the uses the worries in my life to get my attention. In other words, if I am taking care of the things that are important to God, he promises to take care of the things that are important to me. Your worries may be an indication that God is too far down on your list of priorities.
4. Worry indicates a distorted view of tomorrow (Mt. 6:34). Jesus gives us a direct command to deal with today’s issues, and not worry about tomorrow’s.
We can summarize this lesson on worry by embracing, meditating and carrying one powerful verse with us wherever we go. It’s a favorite of mine and a very special Sunday school teacher from my past (he now teaches my two older children.) Matthew 6:33 reminds us, “But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
(Thanks, Roland for your love of Jesus and this verse.) And reading my column!