Thursday, October 11, 2012

Don't Be A Worry-wart

When I was a very little girl, my grandpa's nickname for me was "Worrywart." I was very inquisitive and asked millions of questions, so I think really the reason he called me Worrywart was because I kept worrying him. However, he did have a worrywart to deal with, and that was my granny.

She worried about all kinds of things and about everybody. She had a large extended family and also knew everyone in her little village and all the surrounding communities; therefore, there was plenty of things to worry about! Now to give her credit, the reason she worried about all these people is that she really and truly cared about each one. She loved everyone and everyone loved her.

How many times I heard her say, "oh, I couldn't sleep a wink last night for worrying about ___________. I prayed all night long for (whoever it was)." I guess all that worrying did help her become a prayer warrior.

I don't think, though, that God intends us to be worriers. I base that belief on two scriptures:

... "I came that they may have and enjoy life,
and have it in abundance (to the full, till it
overflows)." John 10:10 AMP

How can you enjoy life if you're consumed with worry?


"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties,
all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him,
for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you
1Peter 5:7 AMP

If you dwell on this scripture and meditate on it, pretty soon I have a feeling that worry will be less of a problem for you.

Why worry? The God of the universe cares about you!

Ooh, that reminds me of another scripture:

"And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

If you truly believe that everything will work out for good, why worry?

The above post was written in 2009, but I dug it out of the archives and am linking it up at the website, Serving Joyfully, for the Thriving Thursday blog party.  Because how can you thrive if you are eaten up with worry?

1 comment:

Crystal @ Serving Joyfully said...

Jerralea, thank you so much for sharing this at Thriving Thursdays! I definitely have this problem, and can attest that it can suck the life (and joy!) right out of you! BLessings to you!