4 Big Reasons Not to Worry

4 Big Reasons Not to Worry

There are seasons for all of us when life is hard. You know it, and I know it.

Whether we're worried over our finances, our health, our marriage, or our children - it can be all-consuming, and understandably so! We want life to go smoothly. We want everything to work out. We hate pain. We're human, and often times a total emotional mess.

However, when we take a look at worry from a Biblical perspective we learn that there are some pretty big reasons for us not be worried at all.

Let's explore…

1.  Jesus Commands Us Not To Worry

In Matthew 6:25, Jesus commands us not to worry. This is the first and most important reason not to worry. Choosing NOT to worry about tomorrow is to respond with obedience to Jesus' command.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;  or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?"

God loves us. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it. He's got our back!

Today, focus on all the wonderful things God has done for you. Have you heard of Ann Voskamp's  1,000 Gifts challenge?

2.  Worry is Like a Disease

Worry is like a disease that negatively affects us, and as a result, those around us.

When we worry, our ability to respond to our loved ones with patience and grace suffers. It spreads misery through our home. We snap at our kids easily. We let snide comments cause strife in our marriage. We allow our mind to create scenarios that will likely not ever happen, and these often irrational fears impair our decisions.

Worry (stress) brings on anxiety and a lot of other chronic health conditions.

It's important to remember God did not create us with a Spirit of fear. In fact, His word tells us to be courageous.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.  ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."   ~ Joshua 1:9

Today, use the power and self-discipline God created within you to shut down the what-ifs and the negative thoughts coursing through your head. 

It's a simple decision to say NO to worry and YES to placing our trust in God. So do it.

3.  Worry is Paralyzing

Worry is paralyzing because it consumes our every thought. It keeps us from being productive in life, or for God.

When we spend our energy worrying over whether or not our husband will find a job, or if the forecast for severe weather means we'll find ourselves driving through a tornado to get to that appointment, or if our child will have problems at school today, or fill-in-the-worry, we aren't doing anything productive!

We aren't making forward progress on our goals. We aren't pursuing our dreams. We aren't finding ways to serve God and others. We aren't growing in our circumstances. We're simply fretting over something we literally have no control over.

We can't force someone to interview or hire our husband, and our worry won't suddenly make money fall from the sky. We can't stay home forever because we're worried over bad weather. We can't control if or when bad things might or might not happen.

Only God is in control, and quite frankly, He's much more capable of dealing with our problems than we are. So we can loosen our grip and let Him do what He does best - what He knows is best for us. In the meantime, instead of worrying we can focus on being a blessing to others.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.  ~ 1 Peter 4:8-10

Today, commit to transform your worry into God-glorifying action. 

Pray! Ask God what He wants you to focus your efforts on right now. Then respond obediently. Do something meaningful!

4.  Worry Shows Lack of Faith

Worry is a very destructive emotion and only reveals a lack of faith in God.

Hebrews 11:1 teaches us...

faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

True faith is demonstrating that we believe in God and who He says He is. It's also trusting without doubt that God will carry out His promises, even if they don't yet seem visible to us.

In Beth Moore's book, Believing God, she suggests rather than wait for trials or tribulations to come along before we put up our shield of faith, we should hold it up every day in every season. We are most vulnerable when we have our shield down, but when it's up at all times, we stand strong and confident.

To practice raising your shield of faith, Beth explains a five-statement pledge of faith that encompasses virtually everything we're challenged to believe:

  1. God is who He says He is.
  2. God can do what He says He can do.
  3. I am who God says I am.
  4. I can do all things through Christ.
  5. God's word is alive and active in me.

Today, put up your shield of faith and give God your problems and worries. Start by memorizing Beth Moore's five-statement pledge and continually repeat it day after day.

Surrender your worry over to Him. There's no good reason to carry that emotional baggage around all day. Trusting God expresses your love for Him.

Will you hand your worries over to God and trust Him?

He did, after all, create this very world you live in. That's a pretty amazing accomplishment. I think He can handle whatever trouble you're facing, and I'm pretty sure it won't take Him by surprise either.

I'm preaching to myself here, friends. It's time for me to hand Him my worries as well.

♥ Let's go out and live with faith-filled purpose and passion!

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Rosann Cunningham

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Author at Rosann Cunningham
Rosann is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in hormone health. She is also a fitness junkie, with a specific passion for mixed martial arts style kickboxing and is trained in Krav Maga - a military self-defense fighting system. After a Hashimotos diagnosis which turned out to be a very wrong call, Rosann became her own health advocate and fought her way back to optimal health and wellness. She is determined to help her clients dig deep to find the root cause of their hormone health struggles, so they too, can thrive and live the abundant life of health and happiness they deserve. Rosann believes nobody should be a victim in life or in their health, so in her coaching practice she loves to integrate a martial arts style and sense of accountability.

2 Comments

  1. Jenni Price
    You are a wonderful writer....don't ever doubt that! I enjoyed reading this post and also I just read your entire testimony. You really spoke to my heart this morning. Thank you :)
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