“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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)
Faith And Trust
Don’t worry. That’s easier said than done. How has worrying about tomorrow added value to your life today? It hasn’t, what do you suggest? What I have in mind is not a suggestion. You have let worry control your life for far too long. Yes, I have, I’m sure of that. What’s the alternative? You tell me. I will tell you what has not worked. What’s that? I have turned my worries into greater anxiety and harder work. Has that helped? No, it hasn’t, not at all. No matter how hard I try I just cant stop worrying. Maybe you should try a different approach. Like what? Would you like to stop worrying? Yes, I would. Are you ready to admit that worrying is a real problem in your life? Yes, I am. I can’t tell you how many opportunities I’ve passed up or avoided because of one kind of worry or another. You think I don’t know? No, I’m sure that you know. So, you want to stop worrying? You bet, I do.
Do you think I have been telling you to just stop worrying? Isn’t that what you have been telling me? No, not really. Without a doubt I want you to stop worrying. Make no mistake about that. I’m really confused. What are some words that you think of when you think of the opposite of worry? I think of faith and trust primarily. What would you do if you had complete faith and trust in me? I’m not sure what you mean. If you had complete faith and trust in me would you talk to me about your worries? Yes, I would. If you had complete faith and trust in me would you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Yes, I would. If you had complete faith in trust in me would you believe that I will sustain your life and make you able to do whatever I ask of you? Yes, I would.
So, if I’m not telling you to simply stop worrying what do you think I might be saying to you? You are asking me to place all my faith and trust in you. Yes, I am. You are asking me to talk to you about all my worries. Yes, I am. You are asking me to turn every one of my worries into a prayer to you. Yes, I am. You are asking me to believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. Yes, I am. You are asking me to believe that you will give me whatever I need to do whatever you ask of me. Yes, I am.
Why is that? I will be able to overcome worry because you are with me to help me. Yes, I am. How often am I with you to help you? You are with me to help me all the time. Yes, I am and you have no need to worry and every reason to have faith and trust in me. Yes, I do and yes I will have faith and trust in you.
Heavenly Father, in the past I have turned my worries into greater anxiety and harder work. I have lived a stress filled life. I have not trusted you or relied on your help. Forgive me. I will stop worrying and start praying. I will turn my worries into prayers to you. Amen
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