How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

How to stop worrying and start living when life happens so quickly? We plan and prepare; and in a moment, all can change.  For the better or not, life happens.

With the the weight of the world on our shoulders, the anticipation of the future just outside our reach is enough to create a mess of worry.

How do you respond to worry?

If certainty and worry are placed at opposite ends of a spectrum, I confess that I am one who tends to lean more toward the side of worry. Whether there is a specific program running within my DNA or my behavior is based on decades of trying to control my situations, I don’t know. I just know that I tend to worry.

I justify my behavior as a gift, a “sharpened ability to thoroughly plan for the unknown”.  You know, expect and prepare for the worst situation.  Then you’ll actually be relieved because most things we worry about never happen, right?

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

My little boy provides me a great example in how to win my battle on worry. The way he looks to me, I can see the confidence and trust in his eyes.  He knows I will take care of him.  The consistent love and care that my wife and I have delivered to him during these three and a half years of his young life have created a sense of certainty in his mind.  He is certain that we will take care of him, protect him, and love him.

Why should he worry?  He doesn’t.

Then, why should I worry?

Like my son, I have experienced the care, protection, and love from my Heavenly Father.  His consistency has created a sense of certainty in my mind, too. So, why should I worry?

My Lord has proven Himself.  I can trust Him to take care of the now as well as the future just ahead.

 

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NASB)

 

 

As the face of worry begins to rise along the horizon of tomorrow, I must wrestle my natural tendency and look to my Father, my Provider and Protector and seek the shelter of His arms.

Some days this exercise is easier said than done.  I’m still a work in progress, so when those days of doubt and feelings of worry rise, I must purposefully focus my mind, my emotion, and my will in order to rely on the certainty of His faithful care.

 

“Now faith is the
substance of things
hoped for, the evidence
of things not
seen…Through faith we
understand that the
worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that
things which are seen
were not made of things
which do appear.” Hebrews 11:1 & 3

“Faith isn’t the ability to believe
long and far into the misty future.  It’s
simply taking God at His Word and taking
the next step.”  Joni Eareckson Tada

“Have faith in God” – Jesus (Mark 11:22)

 

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