Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 (Boldness added by me)
The two bolded sections keep playing through my mind. They remind me that worry accomplishes nothing. It’s not helpful or useful. Instead of doing anything good I end up stressed and distracted because I’m focusing on the wrong things and worrying about them. So instead of worrying I’ve been trying to NOT worry. It’s easier said than done but I am feeling more peace and less stress. I’ve been doing four things to help me accomplish this:
1. I remember the times when God has provided. He has provided again and again…I have experience with this. Remembering the times in the past reminds me that he’ll continue to be there for me in the future.
2. Cultivate thankfulness. When you’re thankful, it’s hard to worry. I go through my blessings…my husband, Munchkin, my mom living close, a job that provides for our needs, a warm house, food to eat, clothes to wear…the list goes on.
3. Pray. When I go to God and focus on him and not myself, it’s much, much easier not to worry. I trust in His word and his promises that are found in the Word.
4. After I pray, I deliberately turn my mind to something else. I refuse to dwell on the things that could go wrong. I enjoy what is here and now. If worry starts to creep back in, I pray and turn away from the worry again. It’s hard in the beginning but gets easier over time.
Something else I KNOW I need to be doing that will help with this is spend more time in the word. I have enough time to be on the computer so that means I have time to read my bible. It’s just the DOING it. I’m working on this…or at least am trying too!
Do you worry?
How do you stop worrying?