Why is it so easy to convince ourselves it’s our “job” to worry about loved ones or about certain circumstances in life?
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 is 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.”
Now after that rather lengthy intro, onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Whatever the problem or situation, decision is always better than doubt and indecision. For example, if you have had a quarrel with someone, it is much easier to decide to apologize than it is to stay angry and be filled with unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment while you are waiting for the other person to apologize to you.
Become a decisive person, and you will accomplish a lot more with less effort. Learn from your mistakes, correct the ones you can and continue being decisive. Don’t fall back into a pattern of indecision and double-mindedness just because you are wrong a few times.
Devote a reasonable amount of time to waiting on God. Don’t follow fleshly zeal, but do follow your heart. You will not be the first person to make a mistake, nor will you be the last. The fear of failure keeps thousands trapped in indecision, which definitely steals joy and complicates life.
Don’t be afraid to make a decision and follow through with it. Just do it!”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Anxiety and worry are both attacks on the mind intended to keep you from serving the Lord. The enemy uses these weapons to press your faith down so you cannot live in victory. Many people are worriers but don’t even realize it. They may call it something else–but it is still worry.
In addition to telling you to ‘fret not’ (Psalm 37:8), other passages warn you to ‘take no thought’ (Matthew 6:25), ‘be careful for nothing’ (Philippians 4:6), and ‘cast…all your care’ (1 Peter 5:7).
Matthew 6:27 says, ‘And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?’
The obvious point is that worry is useless. It does not accomplish any good thing. In that case, why worry and why be so anxious?”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- It is weird how often fear interferes with making decisions; yet it’s true that fear, indecisiveness, and negativity are so draining on us, in every aspect of our lives! Learning from mistakes is such a valuable lesson of life!
-2- Yes, so true – the only thing worrying has ever done for me is make me more discouraged, discouraged, and depressed. Certainly NOT worth it!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you struggle to make decisions for fear they might be the wrong ones? Do you agree there’s value in learning from our mistakes?
Have you felt that it’s your “job” to worry?