Less than 12 hours ago I had decided that I would be content in my current circumstances until He has decided that my time is up. It’s sad how quickly anxiety can creep in even after making a resolve like that.
I worry. My grandmother was a worrier. As much as I would like to blame my worry on other worriers around me, it’s really my own worry. I allow myself to worry. Sometimes it feels good to wallow in anxiety and be stressed out. It means that that something matters, right?
These are the lies I tell myself to allow myself to worry more.
Worry doesn’t change anything.
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single you span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” (Luke 12:25-26 ESV).
But thankfulness changes everything.
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV).
When I am reminded of all the things I am to be thankful for, this does not mean your worries vanish. However, they do diminish in size when compared to those things that are deserving of praise.
Paul goes on to say, ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me– practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV).
Worriers, do not give up. Thankfulness takes practice. Fight back the worries with thoughts of praise and let God carry your worries for you. Trust me, His shoulders are bigger than we can imagine.
I will still consider myself a worrier, but only because I need to be reminded of the One who says, “Bring your worries to me, and I will give you rest.”