Stop Worrying

Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength -- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. -- "Clippings from My Notebook," 1982

Have you ever tried to erase tomorrow’s problems by worrying about them today?  I write my problems down in advance.  Organized worry is much more efficient.  I can worry about the items on my list one at a time.  This false narrative has led many to believe the more you worry today, the less you will have to worry about tomorrow.  In actuality, worry begets worry and peace of mind is evasive.  We become weary, anxious believers lacking strength for the task God has purposed for us.  What makes us think we can take care of future problems when we do not know what to do about the issues confronting us today?

Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I guess to be anxious about nothing means exactly that, nothing.  That includes every item on my list. Instead of compiling a worry list we ought to submit a requisition of needs to God with a thanksgiving addendum having a firm belief that God will answer in a way that is for our good and for His glory.  We have every reason to be confident that when we give control of our list to Him, He will do more with it that we could ever have imagined.  Tear up the worry list and hand it over to Him and be at peace.


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