Worrying In An Exercise Of Futility!
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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 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.
Is Worrying Affecting Your Faith?
Worrying Gets You Nowhere!
Wasting your time by worrying when looked at closer is foolishness. Why do we spend our time when all it does is make us lose sleep, become anxious, depressed, and physically sick.
Worrying will not make your problem go away; it just saps you of the energy 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
How Can I Overcome Worry?
1. Acknowledge What You Fear!
- Pray to God and tell him your fears. 1 Peter 5:7. Get clear about what distresses you. Is this a real situation or a “what if” case? 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 on your problems together. When the feeling comes upon 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 turn our attention to everything that is or could be right. What about your situation? Can you be grateful for? If nothing else, I can thank God he works through all circumstances for my good. 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 choices. Then systematically work through the list.
Worrying Has No Place In Your Life Any Longer!
4. Accept Your Limitations
- If you worry about something that you have little to no control over 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!
- The first thing to do before talking with anyone is to speak with God about your situation. Too often, we only God to God with emergencies, but we need to learn to go to God first before anyone! Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- 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 appropriately 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 right 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 very much over the years. There is nothing wrong with getting help from competent professional advice.
Seven Reasons Worrying Is Wrong
- The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. That includes relieving you of strife. Matthew 6:25
- Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today. Remember, God is the potter, and you are the clay. Matthew 6:26
- Worrying is more harmful than helpful. It can be very stressful! Matthew 6:27
- God does not ignore those who depend on him. He won’t leave you alone out on a limb. Matthew 6:28-30
- Worry shows a lack of faith in the understanding of God. Picture God as a tripod. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Matthew 6:31-32
- There are real challenges God wants us to pursue, and Satan keeps us from following through. Matthew 6:33
- Living one day at a time prevents us from being consumed with worry. Don’t get caught in the trap of being in a hurry. Matthew 6:34.