Worry sure can get the best of us if we let it, can't it?
Wooh buddy, I have been there.
On one of "those days," it was a short text message that got me right.
I had been stressing over numerous things that day. My schedule was a bit overloaded and I had several demands beating at my door at once.
I tried to stay calm, but felt myself getting frazzled and worked up.
Usually, when I get anxious, I can’t get my composure. I mess things up. I forget a lot. Then I drive myself crazy over what I botched and forgot.
Truth is, it becomes this never-ending cycle of worry and stress that leads to nothing good.
After I fired off a message to my husband Kenya saying something to the effect of, “Oh no! I really messed something up and I’m having a fit over it,” shortly thereafter, in his cool, calm and collected way, he replied.
“You haven’t added one cubit to your stature yet,” he wrote.
Instantly, that wild-eyed look and upset scowl turned into the biggest grin, followed by laughter.
Kenya had used the word of God on me to help get my mind right.
The portion of the passage he shared comes from Matthew 6—my favorite chapter on how to handle worry. Verse 27 in the King James Version asks, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”
The New International Bible asks the question this way: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Suddenly, I was being challenged to change the lens through which my outlook was molded and see things through the lens of the word.
No matter how preoccupied I had been feeling, that one query shifted my focus from what I was worried about to the actual fruitlessness of worrying.
Friend, agonizing over things accomplishes nothing.
I often say, “Worrying doesn’t add anything to you, but it takes an awful lot away from you.”
Those worrywart tendencies snatch your joy, peace and confidence. They rob you of your enjoyment of life and steal your time away.
I know this all too well.
Here's something else I know: even with all life's imperfections, obsessing and stressing over the future is a complete waste of time.
And yet, plenty of times we make that mistake.
In my experience I find that giving over to worry amplifies the negative and mutes the positive voices, leaving your stomach in knots and your mind in turmoil.
This is not the way God wants us to handle difficult times. It is not His will that we lose our composure, freak out and start thinking up every worst-case-scenario imaginable.
He wants us to respond to trouble with faith, knowing that the Lord is able to keep us. He knows our needs. He understands the challenges we are facing and has made provision to carry us through them.
Today, change your outlook by being on the lookout for the enemy’s craftiness in conjuring up worry inside you.
More pointedly, speak the word of God over your life.
Let the Holy Spirit refocus you, penetrate your thinking and bring you back from a place of worry to a position of trust in God.
To aid in your fight against worry, it only makes sense to stir up Matthew 6:25-34 into your cup of inspiration.
As you “drink it down,” if you allow it to take root in your heart, the word will rescue you from the trap of anxiety and stress rooted in fear.
I know when worrisome situations arise, naturally, they cause you to worry some. That’s why you have to fight back with the word of God, which does not appeal to the natural side of us, but the spiritual side.
Elevate your thinking.
See your situation through God’s eyes.
He calls you blessed, victorious and more than a conqueror.
Now let’s pray.
God, when worry and anxiety come knocking, help me answer with complete trust in Your sovereign will. In times when I am weak, discouraged and inclined to agonize over my troubles, please put me in remembrance of Your word, Your greatness and Your faithfulness to fulfill every promise You have spoken over my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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