It is time for me to be honest with you…I am a worrier. I am a bit better about it now but I have to fight my need to worry about everything. There was a time when I used to worry about what I would worry about next! I wish I were exaggerating but it is the unvarnished truth. My faith is the biggest reason that I don’t have an issue with constant worrying like I used to and here is why.
How Bad was my Constant Worrying Problem?
If I am going to be honest, I might as well lay it all out there. At one time I worried about worrying. There seemed to be a reason to worry about everything. I would worry about good things happening and bad. I worried about being late or too early. It really didn’t matter what the topic because once my mind was set on something, it would run with it like a runaway train.
Why is Constant Worrying a Problem?
Constant worrying is a problem because it leads to high anxiety and at its worst, depression. I reached a point in my life where my constant worrying caused me to seek suicide as a solution to my overthinking.
The worrying made my life feel like it was out of control. It didn’t matter that how I was feeling wasn’t based on reality. It didn’t matter that my feelings were the result of my mind overreacting because of my constant worrying. Nothing could convince me that the over exaggerated thoughts were not real. It was like I was living in an altered universe.
What Helped me Realize I had a Problem?
Even during my times of constant worrying, I was a Christian. I knew that there were 365 times in the Bible where we are told not to fear. For some reason I did not connect fear with my worrying. Until one day I ran across an amazing verse from the book of Matthew that spoke volumes to me.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:34
This verse spoke to me in the way only God could. God used these words to begin a cleansing that brought peace into my chaotic mind.
Breaking the Habit was a Process
Breaking my constant worrying habit was a process that took a long time. As with any habit, it was hard to gain control of the runaway train. This process came with good days and many bad ones. There were days where it looked like I had it all under control and others where I slid back into the abyss.
The process focused entirely of the words in this verse. Focusing entirely on today…the present moment became my priority. Everytime I would catch myself overthinking about possible events of days to come, I would bring my mind back to the present moment.
Doing this was hard work but I soon noticed that it was starting to enjoy each day more. That dark cloud that used to be over me wasn’t as dark as before and soon I even had days in which the sun would shine.
Let God Teach You not to Worry about Tomorrow
In the earlier verses of Matthew Chapter 6, there is even more detail about the reasons you should not worry. These verses were a great help to me and I hope that you will find hope in them as well.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Matthew 6:25-34
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Isn’t it Time?
Isn’t it time to make a plan to stop your constant worry? Find your focus and stop worrying about tomorrow! Allow God to use His Words to create a peace in your mind where the chaos once reigned.
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