Worry Culture And My Weapon Of Choice Against It

Have you ever met a worrier? I don’t mean the type that prays for you when you’re in need; those are warriors. The people that I’m talking about find every reason to be concerned: they worry for their own wellbeing and yours. They worry about how bills will be paid and basic needs will be fulfilled, worry about their home and state of their marriage, and worry about their livelihood and the safety of their job. They worry that the world is collapsing beneath their very feet.
I used to worry too much, and I have to say it’s a pretty unrewarding feeling. I’ve awakened early with knots in my stomach in times where I’ve made unwise financial decisions, then mulled over past wrongdoings throughout the day and stayed up late thinking about things I should have said.
These human eyes can be deceptive if we are not in tune with our Creator. In the sixth chapter of Matthew, Jesus speaks against worry:

 “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?…” (Matthew 6:25)

We know that there is more to life than food and clothes! In the next few verses, Jesus talks about other living creatures- birds are nomads, but they don’t think about the origin of their next meal. God waters the Earth and nurtures the soil for flowers; He clothes the grass, even though the grass lives today and will be destroyed tomorrow. We are valued above all living beings, so how could God not provide for our most basic needs?



Sister, I want to challenge you today to assess your focus if you’ve been wallowing in worry. When you make time to worry about yesterday and tomorrow, you’ll find that there is significantly less time to enjoy the life you’re currently living. I recently heard an adage, “worrying is like borrowing from tomorrow;” now, Bosses, I’m an accounting student so I’m against the idea of borrowing from tomorrow, especially after all the years that I’ve known another adage that says, “tomorrow isn’t promised.” How can you worry about time that you aren’t guaranteed?

Refocus.

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ … But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31, 33)

What are you doing first? Jesus is telling us in these verses that all we have to do is seek Him and He will provide for our needs. Seek His righteousness and His kingdom before you go to work, school, or to the grocery store. Seek Him first and you will have no cause for concern.

When you’re really ready to better your relationship with yourself (that’s actually a thing) and to grow beyond a plateau, examine your spiritual connection. True growth will require deducting the worry so that your peace can multiply. After you achieve your peace, soar.

See you up there, Queen.

Jeannelle “Jean” Lundy
@thefitfreshmom

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