Worry is something that consumes the lives of so many people.
Thousands upon thousands of people grapple with it every day.
It’s shocking how easy it can be to worry about something when in fact this very issue and the solution to the problem is mentioned very explicitly in the Bible. Jesus Himself talks about the reason why worry is not something that should have a stronghold over the Christian life. Rather, our understand of the love of God and the knowledge that He wants the best for you will help you (and I) to understand that worry has no place in our lives. Or at least, it shouldn’t do.
In Matthew 6:25 Jesus states:
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
I don’t know about you but I’ve had way too many times where worry has consumed me. Instead of actually handing it over to God, I’d sit there and play different scenarios in my head – hoping that the best one is the one that actually happens. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done that, right? Worrying cannot add one cubit to our lives (Matthew 6:27). Sometimes I have to ask myself that question when I catch myself in the middle of worrying. It can be something as simple as, “If I speak in this moment, what are people going to think?” – the irony of this is that we cannot hear human thoughts, only God can! So whether people are thinking something good or bad, you will never know unless they actually open their mouths and tell you. Thankfully, most people are kind enough to not be mean but very often we try to encourage each other.
Over time we, at Streams of Beauty Magazine, have been able to think of a few key tips to limit the time we spend worrying:
- Pray! God is the One who can help you to not worry, so going to Him in prayer – surrendering your worry to Him – is the best thing to do.
- Hand it over to God. This one relates to the first step very closely because sometimes we can pray but still be clinging on to the very thing we have just asked the Lord to help us with. Dare to let go of the thing that is causing you to worry and hand it over to God.
- Journal. I can’t emphasise this enough! Journaling is a way to get all of those thoughts out of your head and onto a piece of paper. One important thing is to be honest when you are journaling, this will help you to see how much development you have made when you read it back months later.
- Wise counsel. Don’t be afraid to tell trusted friends that you are struggling with worry. True friends, who have your best interest at heart, will seek to help you through it. They may not be there every single step of your victory-journey but they will help in some way, whether small or big.
But there is hope, because…
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. – Matthew 7:32-33