Of this I have become convinced from personal experience…worrying about something is absolutely wasted energy. Wasted I tell you. There are really only two or three things that cause us to worry.
- Things we procrastinate about…just do it.
- Things we want to see change…just go ahead and change them.
- Things we want to control but can’t…just let them rest in the hands of the Lord.
Today I took care of two things that have been worrying me for weeks…for nothing. Once I dealt with them, the worry and stress were gone. One thing was not near as difficult as I thought, so I literally worried for nothing. The second may have some ramifications, but I did what I needed to do and I sit here in peace. Let the chips fall where they may now. I obeyed God and He will take care of the rest.
I know I have written rather light-hearted thus far, but even in the “heavy” stuff, worry is still useless. It is absolutely wasted mental energy which robs you of your peace of mind and hampers your expression of faith. Worry is not the same as seeking God for wisdom and answers, that is prudence. Worry is the mental gymnastics of circular thinking as we weigh all the scenarios that might or could happen, but usually don’t. Worry is thinking without both the God factor or the faith factor involved.
No wonder Jesus said,
Matthew 6:31–34 (NASB95)
31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.