Let’s be clear. These Sunday posts about worry are written for my benefit. But since writing blog posts to myself would be strange, you are invited to read along.
Fragmented economies. Volatile politics. Vulnerable families. We live in a culture that is ripe with opportunity for worry. Five minutes of listening to the local news will send a person searching for a tub of chocolate ice cream faster than a Ben & Jerry’s commercial.
Somewhere along the way, we embraced worry as a productive solution to the legitimate problems in our lives. We bought the lie that “If I worry about __________ it will change the outcome or make a difference in some way.”
And worrying HAS made a difference. Make no mistake.
Worry has created a laundry list of physical, social, emotional, and spiritual problems.
Reality: Worrying undermines the command of Matthew 6:25, which says, “Do not be anxious about your life.” And undermining God is guaranteed to be worse than anything we are worrying about.
Relief: Thankfully, God never gives a command without providing the means to obey it.
Gratitude for what God has done is one of the practical solutions to worry. “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)
And so one of the solutions for worry is simple. Don’t worry; be thankful.