The Habit of Worrying

Worrying is down-payment for a problem we may never even have – Joyce Meyer

According to an online dictionary, Worry means to feel anxious or troubled about actual or “potential ” problems. Note the potential, i.e. a problem that might happen but hasn’t actually happened yet.

Let me tell you a short story. One day, we were told our results had been released, but unfortunately, something went wrong with my phone and I couldn’t check mine immediately. By the next morning, almost everyone was complaining about their results; I heard things like “almost everyone failed”. Note the “almost”. By the time I talked to about five people in the class and all I got was bad news, I became worried. The more people I talked to, the more worried I became.

I began to think things like, what if I fail? Will I have to retake the course? How do I explain that I failed to my parents? I was thinking so much, I was almost crying, I began to think up extra problems for a problem I wasn’t even sure I had. I was eventually able to check my result and guess what? I passed. It wasn’t even just an anyhow pass, I actually really had a great score. But then what about the worrying I did? What did the me who almost cried for a problem I didn’t even have change? Nothing.

So many people are like this, in fact, some would come first place in a worrying contest. Some, while having breakfast today, would not even remember to thank God for the food in front of them but would start worrying about what they’ll eat the next day.

We let circumstances and fear of potential problems overshadow our faith. We create scenarios in our head that are greater than the problem we might actually have encountered and 99% of the time, these things will never happen. We just worry about everything and nothing and like stacking Lego blocks we build up unnecessary worries and anxieties.

The Bible clearly teaches us about worrying. In several verses like Philippians 4:6, 1peter 5:7, Matthew 6:25-34, to name a few, all assure us that Our Heavenly Father is more than capable of handling all our problems. He wants to take away all our concerns because he cares for us. Just give your life and your concerns to him and trust me he’ll take care of them.

Yes everyone worries, but it shouldn’t be so. Worrying changes nothing, it only worsens everything. Worrying can lead to sickness or make you so out of touch with your surroundings; one might get into an accident or something. Sometimes, it might seem so hard to stop worrying but relax, take a deep breath, think about what your worrying has changed in the past, nothing right? focus on the present and just chill darling. God’s got your back, just leave these things to him and watch as he solves them one at a time.

Remember that there’s not enough room in our minds for both worry and faith, we must decide which one we want to hold on to. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and focus on what could go right.

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.

Have a worry free day.

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