Do Not Worry
The Bible says not to worry about anything.
Ponder that for a moment.
My Mom heard a quote once and when she detects worry in herself (or me!) she says, “worry is needless, useless and godless”. She’s right.
Worry zaps the life out of good moments and sucks the happiness out of everything.
I conclude, worry is deadly.
According to an article by Earl Nightingale, “The Fog of Worry” he sums it up by saying that 40% of the things we worry about never happen. We worry over our past, things that can’t be changed; which he says accounts for a whopping 30% of our worries, health worries come in at 12%, miscellaneous worries 10%, which brings us to real worries at 8%!
I think you get the picture. Worry is needless, useless and godless, especially if we are believers in Jesus and have the assurance of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want …”.
Of late, I’ve been meditating on this scripture.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”. Philippians 4:4-8
Pretty well sums it up doesn’t it?
Rejoice, be gentle, the Lord is near. Don’t be anxious, ever. When you pray, present your requests to God and thank Him – the answers are on the way. When you pray God’s way, peace will flood your soul, protecting your heart and mind. Think on things you know are true, decent, moral and pure. Whatever things are lovely and are delightful to hear about, are honourable and admirable – meditate on those things.
Such a good portion of scripture to memorize and to speak out loud, sometimes very loud … try it the next time you’re tempted to worry.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for worrying. You are God and I am not. I am yours and you are mine. Truly, I have nothing to worry about”.