Gratitude Challenge – November 19 – Thankful for Freedom from Worry

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Freedom from Worry. Adding to yesterday’s post about faith to overcome worry – once we do that, we can start to enjoy freedom from worry being a constant companion. I know – I’ve said it myself many times, that it’s a mother’s “job” to worry. However, numerous scripture verses refute that notion!



Here are some insightful comments from author Max Lucado, from his book “Traveling Light” on the topic of worry and anxiety:

Worry is the burlap bag of burdens. Cumbersome. Chunky. Unattractive. Scratchy. Hard to get a handle on. Irritating to carry and impossible to give away.

No one wants your worries. Sadly, worrying is one job you can’t farm out, but you can overcome it. There is no better place to begin than ‘beside the still water,’ where the Shepherd leads.

No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. Worry divides the mind. The biblical word for worry (merimnao) is a compound of two Greek words, merizo (to divide) and nous (the mind).

Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems. Part of our mind is on the now; the rest if on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.

Anxiety is an expensive habit. Of course, it might be worth the cost if it worked. But it doesn’t. Our frets are futile. Jesus said, ‘You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it’ (Matthew 6:27).

Worry has never brightened a day, solved a problem, or cured a disease.”



My reflections:

Max Lucado is one of my favorite inspirational writers. I like the analogies he uses (“worry is the burlap bag of burdens“) to help you picture the concepts he discusses.

In these examples, it’s thought-provoking to consider the idea that “Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems.” Worry and anxiety don’t add anything positive to our lives. It does require effort, though, to not give into worry and instead exercise faith.


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you struggle with worry and anxiety?

Which Lucado quote makes the biggest impact on you?

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. St Pio said, pray, pray, pray and do not worry. It seems the more we pray the less anxious we become. At least for me it is that way

  2. Pray and don’t worry. Sometimes, if I catch myself…I say Jesus I trust in You. Other times I get stuck in my clouds, unable to break free until I pray.

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