One of the emotions that I constantly find myself dealing with is worry. In fact, “what if” might as well be my personal catch phrase. What if I make a bad grade on the final? What if I chose the wrong major? What if I’m not happy with the decisions I’ve made? These are just a few examples of the questions that I’ve asked myself on many occasions and I’m sure most of you have as well. The world can be such a scary place that sometimes we feel as though we are under the gun and that every decision has a devastating consequence. Fortunately, that just isn’t how the world works.
About a week ago, I read a sermon that brought up the issue of being “jumpy.” It talked about how we as Americans are so quick to respond to things and have been wired to worry about anything bad that might happen. And when you think about it, it’s true. Americans worry about who the next corrupt President will be, they fear about our economic system’s collapse that will lead to a horrible recession, and some even stock up on supplies waiting for the massive earthquakes that will end the world.
With all of these overwhelming thoughts, how do we stop ourselves from worrying? After reading the mentioned sermon and a couple of others on similar topics, I have learned that there are two key words to living a worry-free life. These two words are TRUST and FOCUS.
Trust: God gives and sustains life. He cares so much for us but sometimes we forget that. I’m sure that there have been multiple times in your life where you felt like you were alone. You felt like no one cared or understood you and even though you may not have realized it, God was there the whole time. Our Father will always be with us through the good and bad times.
Focus: When we worry we turn our focus away from God and to ourselves. Keeping focus on God reminds us that God loves us and will take care of our needs. To me, the best way to keep focus on God is prayer.
So what are your thoughts about trusting God and focusing on Him? Do you have a reoccurring worry? Is there a particular way you deal with things you are worried about?
As for myself, I will continue to lean on prayer to ease my worries. Prayer is such a wonderful and powerful tool. Through prayer we are reminded that God is in control and we can open up a conversation with him about the things we are both worried about and thankful for.
If you’d like to read the sermon I based this discussion on here’s the link: http://www.rofum.org/pdf_sermons/2010/062010_like_a_bird.pdf.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7