Saturday, August 20, 2011

4 Reasons Not to Worry

I've been pretty bothered these past few days about things which, to begin with, must not be bothering me at all.  I've been causing unnecessary stress on myself, and on Rolly as well. =( Finally, I realized that it's time to break free and leave the worrywart side of me behind. Like what I always do when in a predicament, I tried to find good reads in the web that could help me get into the state of mind that I want.  


I typed "Bible verses about worries" on Google, and this was one of the many entries that came up.  I found this very helpful, so I decided to share the whole thing here.

According to http://christianity.about.com/od/whatdoesthebiblesay/qt/reasonnot2worry.htm, these are four Biblical reasons why we should never worry (Read: copied verbatim):






1)  Worrying Accomplishes Absolutely Nothing.

I don't know about you, but I don't have any time to waste these days. And worrying is a waste of very precious time. Worrying won't help you solve a problem or bring about a solution, so why waste your time and energy on it?

Matthew 6:27-29
"Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are." (NLT)



2)  Worrying is Not Good for You.

Worrying is destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to grow physically sick.

Proverbs 12:25
"Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up." (NLT)



3)  Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God.

The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. Here's a little formula to remember: Worry replaced by Prayer equals Trust.

Matthew 6:30
"And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?" (NLT)

Philippians 4:6-7
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (NLT)




4)  Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction.

When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn't care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need.

Matthew 6:25
"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?" (NLT)

Matthew 6:31-33
"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." (NLT)

1 Peter 5:7
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." (NLT)

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Now I feel silly.  My concerns were just so trivial, and I was worrying like crazy.  Haaay.  Bahala na si Lord.  :)  From now on, whenever I will feel troubled again, I will just have to re-read this post and remind myself that God loves me, and He's always in control.  Always.


Sometimes foolish,

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