Worrying In An Exercise Of Futility!
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.
When I notice myself worrying, I ask myself 6 questions…
- Am I getting my quiet time with God each day?
- Am I getting enough rest and sleep?
- Am I getting enough exercise?
- Am I eating healthy?
- Am I worrying about things I can not change?
- Am I focusing on pleasing people more than God?
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 any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Worrying Is Not Good, So Why Don’t You Just Stop?
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1. Acknowledge What You Fear!
- 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 day time 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.