What do you worry about? I know I worry about whether my husband and I have enough money in our retirement fund; how high gasoline and food prices will go; and I worry about my children. I also fret about what the world will be like when my grandchildren are adults. I could add to the list, but I think you get the drift.
Do you notice anything interesting in what you worry about? I do. I don’t worry about the things I can take care of and do, but if something is beyond my control, then I allow worry to gain a foothold. If you give worry a foothold, in a matter of time, it will be completely through the door. Worry is a nag. It is always whispering, “What if…what if…” It never allows a person to have a completely positive thought or mindset.
An anonymous author said, “Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do, and it doesn’t get you anywhere.” What a great picture! When we worry, our mind goes back and forth between thoughts and doesn’t accomplish a thing, and we stay in the same place…never moving forward.
Usually there is nothing that can be done to change whatever we are worried about. Our thoughts are often about things that haven’t even happened yet or may never happen. Worry cannot change a thing in our lives and does nothing but squelch our joy and happiness. If we do it long and hard enough, worry can make us ill or feel ill.
Whatever is going to happen will happen, regardless of our thought life. It is always good to be prepared and have a plan, but not to dwell on the “what ifs”. When we are old and look back on our lives, we will see the things we did do and take note of what we enjoyed. How many of us will say, “I did not worry enough?” We will be ever so remorseful if we let worry stop us from living life to its fullest with joy.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
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