Are You Worried? by Jim Martin

I know what it is to worry at 3:00 A.M.  Do you?

If you are like many, worry can take center stage in your mind and refuse to leave until it has exhausted your imagination with all sorts of frightening possibilities.

Do you worry about what someone thinks?  The truth is that you just can’t control what another thinks.  One can become anxious about another’s thoughts.

Do you worry about what a certain person has said?  Is this a person of integrity?  Is this a person who is wise and discerning?  Or, is this a person who is mean and cruel and evil?  There are evil people who are always seeking to hurt and do damage to you.

Do you worry about what might happen?  Listen, I have laid in bed in the middle of the night imagining the worst possible outcomes.  Yet, what I am worrying about rarely comes to fruition the way I have imagined it.

Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life” (Mt. 6:25-34http://www.logos.com/images/Corporate/LibronixLink_dark.png).  “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (I Pet. 5:7http://www.logos.com/images/Corporate/LibronixLink_dark.png).

So as you think about tomorrow:

1.  Instead of replaying in your mind what that mean, cruel, evil person said or wrote about you, focus on God who will carry your anxiety.  After all, He is the one who cares for you.

2.  Instead of rehearsing over and over what could happen after the sun comes up in the morning, focus on God, the One who cares so deeply about you.

3.  Instead of reliving every sad moment that caused you heartbreak, focus on God whose power to bless, heal, and restore is greater than anyone who might ever hurt you.

Do you really want to spend the best years of your life worrying?  Or, do you want to spend these years focusing on the One who has your best interest in mind?

 

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