Worrying In An Exercise Of Futility!

Worrying In An Exercise Of Futility!

If you have been worrying about something recently, have you realized that your worrying is not making it any better, if anything it makes it worse!

Worrying does not help, but putting your trust in God does! Do you know that worrying and anxiety comes naturally to most all of us to some degree? Even though I do worry at times, but when I do catch myself worrying, it makes me stop and think. 

Wasting your time by worrying…

Why do we waste our time when all it does is make us lose sleep, become anxious, depressed, and physically sick. Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair, you might think you are doing something, but in reality, you are getting nowhere!

Worrying will not make your problem go away, it just saps you of the energy that you need to live your life each day! Trust God for He will not leave you or forsake you. Keep praying! When I trust God to let things rest on His shoulders, I can regain the peace that I have temporarily lost because of my senseless worrying. ~ Bill Greguska

 

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Worrying Does Not Have A Purpose… Instead, Pray!

As a rule, men (and women) worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can. Julius Caesar

Matthew 6:25-27 “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 anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 

When I notice myself worrying… 

I can ask myself 6 questions To Help Get Myself Back On Track…

  1. Getting my quiet time with God each day?
  2. Rest and sleep?
  3. Exercise?
  4. Eating healthy?
  5. Worrying about things I can not change?
  6. Focusing on pleasing people more than God?
I am sure your answer is to one or more of the above questions… Do a H.A.L.T. inventory, ask yourself = Am I too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired?

Worrying Is Not Good, So Why Don’t You Just Stop?

Get out of your problem by stop worrying and getting into the solution instead. Pray to God that He shows you the way!

To stop worrying is a great idea which ought to be perused, but most people that worry have made it a way of life, in other words, they have made a bad habit of it. I suggest that you take all your worries to God in prayer and ask Him to free you from this problem.
Worry not only has the power to weigh us down and depress us, but it also chokes out the Word of God—which is sown in our heart. Worry is a habit. The more you do it, the more you become addicted to it.

Seek God rather than worrying…

People try to comfort themselves with worry, and yet it has the exact opposite effect. Worrying is similar to an addiction, you know it is not good for you, but you still do it anyway. Find help to cut back on your with this problem, and you will find much more peace. Ask God to help you in this area by praying. It would also be wise to ask a close friend, a pastor, a counselor that you trust and to help you rid yourself of worry.

 

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1.  Acknowledge What You Fear! 

Always be joyful, never stop praying, and stay away from worrying!

  • Get clear about what distresses you. Is this a real situation or a “what if” situation? Is the problem solvable or unsolvable? What about this situation do you have control over and what don’t you control? Get all of this out on the table with God through prayer.
  • Use a prayer journal. As we write our fears on paper, we gain perspective. Record insights God reveals and actions you can take. Patterns will emerge, and solutions will appear. Your journal will prove a useful tool as you constructively work through your stressful situations.
  • Put aside a limited amount of time to bring your anxious thoughts to God. If you worry a lot. Plan one or two times a daytime for you and God to reflect your problems together. When the thought comes up at other occasions re-schedule them until your designated appointment.

 

2.  Change Your Attitude To One Of Gratitude!

  • Gratitude shifts our focus. When we worry we focus on everything that is or could be wrong. When we are thankful, we shift our focus to everything that is or could be right. What about your situation can you be thankful for? If nothing else, I can thank God he works through all circumstances for my good. (see Romans 8:28).
  • Review examples of God’s faithfulness and provision. Recalling God’s demonstrations of his faithfulness and sovereignty reassures us. As you pray, thank God for all he has provided now and in the past, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

 

3.  Brainstorm Some Possible Solutions!

  • Make a list. If the problem is solvable, think of what you can do to solve it? Stay with the things you can control. Keep in mind that you can control your behavior, attitude, and thinking. You can’t control others’ actions, feelings, or their choices. Then systematically work through the list.

 

4.  Accept Your Limitations 

  • If you worry about something that you have little to no control or which may not have a solution, change the way you look at it, and begin to practice effective coping methods.
  • Acknowledge real limitations. Do not attempt to control what you can not control. It is almost that simple.
  • Accept uncertainty. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. We are not. Thus, we will have changes in our lives. Surrender everything to God and trust that his grace will be sufficient, and his power will be made perfect in your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • Understand your feelings. Sometimes we busy ourselves with worry to distract ourselves. Emotions are God-given aspects of our humanity. We learn to cope with these uncomfortable sensations when we allow ourselves to feel our feelings. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. Philippians 4:9a

 

5.  Find An Accountability Partner!

  • Get at least one accountability partner. Paul encouraged the believers to put into practice what they had learned from him. A friend or mentor who properly manages their worries benefits us as well. They can model skills and strategies, help us put those into practice, and hold us lovingly accountable when we don’t.
  • Avoid pity-party people. I know it feels good at the moment to sit with other people that worry and rehash negative things. But don’t! That only makes it worse. It would be more beneficial to be with those who handle stress and uncertainty well. A counselor can help you gain perspective and cope with your anxiety in more efficient ways.
  • Seek professional help if you need it. The assistance and guidance of a Christian counselor benefited me greatly over the years. There is nothing wrong in getting help from a competent professional help.

 

Worrying Does Not Help So Do Not Worry Any Longer!

 

 


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Worrying is like being in a rocking chair going back and forth, you might think you are getting something accomplished, but in reality, you are going nowhere fast! ~ Bill Greguska

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.