worry is the most popular past time for the helpless. at the times in our lives when we realize we are not in control and there is little we can do to change a particular situation, this is the mechanism we all choose to keep ourselves occupied until the situation changes again. we fret. we question. we lay in bed with swirling thoughts and analysis of our concerns. we consider possible actions we could take in our best effort to influence the potential outcome of whatever is in limbo and in many cases there is work to be done. but we always find out in the end that the tossing and turning never changed anything, the health related factors associated with our anxiety can be permanent and even dangerous and yet still…the worry never changes anything. pain and disappointment are most certainly guaranteed if we are blessed to have real love for family and friends and aspirations for our own lives. and rarely do we skirt the uncertainty and the unknown. however, some people even choose to participate in their own lives on such a low-level attempting their best effort to avoid the hazardous road to perpetual worry…so they do nothing and as a by-product miss out on the up-side of their own potential. additionally, we all know those who have had more than their share of life’s trials and yet, in spite of it all, still seem to be living positively and are presented to the rest of us as pillars of strength. it is because of those very trials that they have learned to overcome, keep perspective in check and a sharp eye and ear on Him in the darkest days. they have heard His word, felt His presence and learned the hard way that the worry and anxiety does not effect outcome. what does effect the outcomes of our lives is our real response to the trial itself. this response is our opportunity to grow our faith, influence the lives of others and ultimately realize His promise for a wall of protection that surrounds each of us…but only if we let it. when we think our worries are great, they are…to us. but we must never forget to hold them up against the promises of our faith.
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Luke 12:25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?