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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Think About It


Worry, like so many other things, take's up a lot of our time yet produces no positive outcome. Simply put, worry can be also called anxiety, fear, concern or burden. Whatever way you look at worry, it’s always a verb and as such, it uses a lot of energy.

The Bible is clear when it says to be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6). It is also clear that worry can add nothing to our lives, (Luke 12:25). In fact it actually will take away from our lives in the area of our peace, joy, and peace of mind. Worry tends to burden us with fear. We project into our future and outcome that is lived out in the moment. Although what we fear may never come to pass, our projection of it becomes reality in our mind.

Here’s part of the problem with worry, it takes up time that we can never reclaim. It is also some of the most unproductive time in our lives. It is unproductive because it doesn’t produce anything good, but rather just the opposite as it can produce health problems and relationship issues. Worry can affect our appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and even our job. Worry is often behind such things as Panic and Anxiety Disorder. The more we feed worry, the worse it gets.

So what is the solution or is there one? First, it must be understood that worry is a choice. Now having said this, I also understand that a choice that has been practiced over a long period of time becomes a habit and habits are not easily broken. But they can be. Remember Philippians 4:6 states, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Whether you like the Bible or not it contains some good wisdom. In this case it means to seek counsel (prayer) from someone else. And second, be thankful, which is just the opposite of worry. When we start to combat our worry with thankfulness we actually can turn our downward spiral into an upward one. Practicing this can have good results. Think about it.


sue said...

Thankfulness is a true way to become a victor over worry. That too, takes practice. When I was going through a rough time, I had a hard time being thankful for anything. But I realized, I was thinking "too big". So I practiced being thankful for things that most of us take for granted- running water to take a shower, a clean towel to dry off with, clothes to keep me warm, shoes for my feet. A job. A home.
Note: I did not have the biggest and best of these things but I forced myself to see how blessed I truly was.
I love these "Think About Its"!!!

Anonymous said...

This is all so true. I tend to worry about the future for all the kids growing up in this mess we have created. Then I will get a grip and pray. I know It helps me.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this Think About it. It really hits home with me. I tend to worry about everything and anything. I know it leads to depression, anxiety, or self medicating. All of which I have had at high levels, at one time or another in my life. Sometimes you just need a reminder from the bible to put things in perspective. Thank you!

K said...

When I worry, it helps me to read the Psalms, and as another posted, I give thanks.

My husband once said "I don't worry because worry is a sin and if I'm going to sin I'm going to do one I can enjoy!"

He was joking, folks:)

Anonymous said...

Right unless you are a "god fearing christian" "No don't worry at all, cause god won't send you to hell if you do this or that or nothing." "Its not like he would drown people for disobeying him, or turn them into salt or anything. Wouldn't send angels to murder your first born children. You don't have to worry at all." "Gods going to take good care of you for sure. You just keep whining to him about stuff. He always listens, after all he loves you, he is your father. Albeit a abusive, vengeful, spiteful, hateful, murderous father. But hey he is a good god really..... Not! And as to the bible. Yeah it may contain a few useful nuggets of knowledge and wisdom. But so does a multitude of books. And the dudes who wrote the bible thought the world was flat. The sun revolved around the earth and women are inferior to men. So I don't see it as the pinnacle of knowledge and wisdom you bible thumpers do.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever noticed how the unhappy haters of religion always find a way to try and degrade the believers. Sad.

Anonymous said...

12:05 why don't you get your own blog and let EVERYONE know how you feel? Why waste your All-Knowing Wisdom on just us few who get in here to read the comments. You could get rich, who knows? No doubt there are others in this world who believe as you do. Why not brighten their day with your "uplifting, cheerful rhetoric"? But alas, you'd rather sneak up on someone who is not afraid to share his wisdom and insight. You are a sappy wimp, a cowardly sniper. OH! Dearee me! A Christian called you a NAME.... If Jesus called the Pharisees "vipers", I can assume it is ok to call a spade, a spade. Have you no other place to dump your garbage? Save your breath for your cronies.

Anonymous said...

Bitterness and sarcasm defile many.

Anonymous said...

12:05 sad to say, but Jesus loves you as much as He loves us! I'm just thankful I do not have your attitude & someday you will change your mind about us being bible thumpers, that will be the day you will know that there is a Jesus when you're standing before Him to be judged! apparently you do not know Jesus, that is why you are so critical of us, I feel sorry for ya & will pray for you!

Anonymous said...

You thumpers don't even know the history of your own dang religion. Jesus wasn't even bequeathed divinity until late in the third century A.D. Prior to that there are no mentions of him being divine. And the fact that we are forced to use B.C. and A.D. At all is proof enough that you force your bloody religion down peoples throats. Ever hear of Osiris? Born of a virgin, died, was resurrected three days later? Sound freaking familiar? The whole damn idea stolen from Egyptian "Mythology". Its pathetic how ignorant of historical facts people are. And how hard they defend the malarkey they have been spoon fed. By a bunch of freaking con artists for a couple thousand years....... Try some logic, and reason. It will serve you better than supernatural clap trap........