Saturday, July 2, 2011

Seven Devotionals - Day Six - Why Worry?

Worry - we all do it, just some more than others.  And yet, worry does not accomplish anything.  It is a complete waste of time.  It never helps any situation.  The more you worry, the more your brain is clouded so that you are not free to make positive decisions.

In the Bible we read that there is no need for worry - God will take care of you and all your needs.  Matthew 6:31-33 says "So do not worry, saying what shall we eat?  or What shall we drink?  or What shall we wear?  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Jesus said in Luke "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest."

You can avoid worry even in your darkest hour by trusting in God. 

Wikipedia says "Most people experience short-lived periods of worry in their lives without incident; indeed, a moderate amount of worrying may even have positive effects, if it prompts people to take precautions (e.g., fastening their seat belt or buying fire insurance) or avoid risky behaviours (e.g., angering dangerous animals, or binge drinking)."

But needless worry will get you down and even cause health problems.  So how do you stop worrying? 
1.  Jot down on a piece of paper your worry and then tell yourself you will come back to it at a later date.  In other words, learn to postpone your worry!
2. Another thing you can do is any time a negative thought pops into your brain, replace it with a positive one.
3. Get busy.  Make good use of your time so that you do not have time to worry!
4.  Take care of yourself - eat right and get plenty of sleep.
5.  Relax with good music.
6.  Attack the problem and make a final decision and move on from it.
7.  Write down everything in a journal and then close the book and walk away.
8.  Take a walk or read a book and in doing so you will distract yourself from worry.
9.  Get support from friends and family.
10.  Count your blessings.

I'm not a professional and I worry right along with you.  But maybe we can take it one day at a time and reinforce our positive energy together!

I always say, "Tomorrow is a new day!"
My challenge for you today is take just one thing you are worrying about and toss it in the garbage and move on from it.   Have a peaceful day.

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