You and I are not the only ones who worry. We can safely say worry is common and has negative effects. Here is some encouragement to help cope with the problem of worry.
A Professional Worrier
Two friends were having lunch and discussing the state of their lives. One friend said he was having a rough time. “I just lost my job, my savings account is empty, the bank has repossessed my car, and the lender is threatening foreclosure on my home. I’m not worried though.”
“You are not worried,” the other friend exclaimed! “How can you not be worried?”
“I’ve hired a professional worrier,” the other friend explained. “He does my worrying for me, and he only charges me 50 K a year.”
Surprised, the friend asked, “How can you afford to pay him?” “I don’t know. That’s not my worry,” the man answered. “It is his.”
The Problem of Worry
Worry can cause many problems.
Physical Health Concerns
Worry has many implications on our health. It can cause heart issues, migraines, and cause our bodies to produce too much of a stress hormone.
Mental & Social Concerns
Worry can influence our mood causing problems in social situations. A worried person can be irritable, and worry can be a starting point for depression.
Takes Tomorrow’s Thrill Away
Worry causes us to think of the worst-case scenario and traps our focus there. The problem is these scenarios rarely occur, and when they do, worrying excessively does not help change them. Worry has the power to rob us of the thrill found in the future; paralyzing us so we can’t enjoy the adventure of tomorrow.
3 Encouraging Suggestions to Help Cope with Worry
Here are 3 encouraging suggestions to help us cope with worry.
Look at Nature’s Example
Matthew 6:26 encourages us to look at the birds. They do not plant, harvest, or store food in barns, yet they have food. Jesus says the Lord feeds them. Birds have what they need. If the Lord will take care of the birds, he will care for you and me as well.
Matthew 6:28 challenges us to look at flowers. They do not worry about their looks, yet they are stunningly beautiful. If the Lord puts this much time and attention into a flower which is here today and gone tomorrow, he will take care of you and I as well.
Concentrate on Today
Jesus says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” In other words, don’t bring the worries of the future into the present. We are encouraged to plan, not be paralyzed by worrying about the future. Concentrate on today. What good things have happened to you today? How have you been blessed today?
Replace Worry with Prayer
Do not worry about anything, Philippians 4:6 encourages, but in everything present your requests to God in prayer. Replace the time we spend worrying with time in prayer. Praying through worries will bring us peace.
You can find some more tips to stay positive here.
Our Professional Worrier
Like the man in the story above, we have a professional worrier. The Lord is our professional worrier.
- “Come to me all you who are weary, and burden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
- “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22).
- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Try these suggestions this week to reduce the time you spend worrying. Share how it goes in the comments below. If you know someone who could be encouraged by this post, please share it with him or her.