How to stop worrying (even when you didn’t know you were worrying)

What’s on your mind today?

What concerns are nagging at you?

What questions do you keep asking in this season of life?

What topic keeps tugging at your brain, getting you worked up and off-track each time it crosses your mind?

What are your worries?

Until somewhat recently, I didn’t think I struggled with worry too much.  I thought the definition of worry was to constantly imagine scenarios of things going wrong, of people getting hurt, of tragic accidents occurring, of life derailing and things coming to a crashing halt.

But then I see what Jesus told Martha in Luke 10 in response to her plea for supper help: You are anxious and troubled about many things.”  She was anxious – worried – about having everything in order.  About dinner being ready.  And apparently a lot of other things, too.

Worry doesn’t have to be an irrational fear of things going wrong.  Worry is what happens when we hyper-focus on anything other than God.

So whatever thoughts are consuming our attention — our kids’ health or education, caring for aging parents, wondering what our calling is in life and if we’re missing it, issues at work, cleaning, the aesthetics of our home, the Internet, whatever — how do we stop worrying about it?

I believe scripture tells us the answer:

1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Like so many things in life — in fact, nearly everything — the answer is prayer.  We must tell God about it.

Not only that, but we must give it over to him and let him shoulder it.  So often we give God our burdens, only to take them back on our own shoulders.  Don’t do that.  Give it to God.  He can handle it all.  And when Satan offers it back to you, say, “No – God’s got this.”

 

Lord, help us to turn our worries into petitions, our questions into calls to you.  Help us to give our burdens over to you, and not to pick them up again.  Thank you for being our burden-bearer.  We can’t do life without you.

4 thoughts on “How to stop worrying (even when you didn’t know you were worrying)

  1. i need to hear this so bad. Reading the exact words in scripture made me cry realizing what i am doing. So many assaults on so many fronts in my life, and God says trust Him and continue living a faith filled life, glorifying His name, even if you are disregarded for it, or have no one who shares with you. Im still learning to let Him shoulder my concerns. Thank you for sharing.

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