Worrying has never been an issue for me. Most optimists can zip past worry without a scratch. I personally have always held on to Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” It might not be the biblical example of “don’t worry – be happy” but it is definitely a call not to worry.
I have bird feeders up on my back deck. In all of the years that I’ve watched the birds eating out there I have yet to see one with it’s head in its wings wondering about how it would eat tomorrow. It just eats – goes about doing what it is suppose to do – and then wakes up tomorrow and does it all again.
That’s where I struggle. I may not worry about things, but I struggle with my trust that GOD is doing them the way I want them to be done. Life seems so much easier when I am in control – even though I know that it’s just a delusion of mine.
I do pretty well for a couple of weeks (or a couple of days) following God’s will and then I get back to thinking my way is the better way. The results are never as good, as easy or as peaceful but I still seem determined to do it my way.
It’s time that I learned how to step into the Will of God and then stay there!
How to Avoid Worry in My Life
1. Study the Word – the internet is great for this (although I do love my Strong’s Concordance) because it gives me the ability to look up words in almost any translation of the Word that has ever been written. I am determined to write out all of the scriptures that relate to each situation that I encounter.
2. Talk to God – this is not just about prayer time but is about genuine talking with God. I did this a lot when I was younger – usually down by the lake where I could listen to the waves roll in against the shore. I live along a creek now and I don’t think I have spent one minute along side that creek talking with God.
3. Read the Word – doing a word study or situation study is great, but just reading the Word is just as important. I have to have intimate knowledge of the characters, the stories and especially the Author.
It is important to live a live where I don’t worry because worry is a sin. It is just as important that I quit trying to fix everything myself and trust God’s way, His timing and His plan.