Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? –Matthew 6:27 NIV
The Greatest Thief—Worry
It’s 2:00 a.m. and you’re wide awake. You keep thinking, Sleep! Must sleep! However, instead of sleeping, you’re now more awake than ever. The harder you try, the worse it gets. Perhaps if we focus on what was causing the sleeplessness instead of not sleeping, maybe we’d be able to find rest.
The same principle applies to worry. The more we focus on the fact that we’re worried, the more our emotions take over. A vicious cycle begins. What if instead of focusing on the things we can’t control, we focus on the things we can? What if instead of lamenting over all that can go wrong, we remember everything that has gone right? When we realize that worrying today about tomorrow will never change anything, we see what a waste of time worry is. Worrying robs us of our joy.
Our Father knows our needs before we do, and He longs to bless us. We can rest in His love and promises. Consider the birds and how the Father provides for them. You are more valuable than are. Don’t worry; simply believe in the One who calms our fears and meets all our needs.
When you catch yourself worrying about anything, stop. Take it to the Father and leave it at His feet.
If we truly trust the Father, nothing can steal our joy. Refuse to worry about anything, and trust the Father for everything.