In Others’ Words: Worries and Troubles That Never Happen

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Sometimes life can scare me to death.

On the days I let myself be ruled by the what ifs and the might bes … well, I’m a dead woman walking, overflowing with worries.

Of course, I’ve had to sign on the dotted inummerable parental permission slips detailing how my kiddos could have been injured, maimed, and yes, killed while playing school sports. It got to the point where I just skimmed all the warning, warning, warnings and scrawled my name. My kiddos wanted to play sports — and I wasn’t going to say no because I was afraid something might happen.

Waitng for the maybes — that’s no way to live.

After the sports came the school trips and mission trips out of state — and out of the country. A whole new slew of worries and troubles to imagine. Or not.

I chose “or not.”

It didn’t come naturally or easily — but I’ve gotta agree with the guy on his deathbed: most of troubles in my life haven’t happened. And the ones that have? Well, I need my focus and my faith strong for those times — not the imaginary ones.

In Your Words: What imaginary trouble do you need to send packing? How do you fend off worry?

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4 Comments

  1. February 2, 2015, 7:46 am   /  Reply

    Well, I was worried that “Blessed Are the Pure of Heart” would become a runaway bestseller, and how would I spend all that MONEY?

    Didn’t happen, but I still worry about it, because it MIGHT.

    Under my physical circumstances, each day is quite enough to crowd out worries. Yesterday, making it from 1000 to 1100 was pretty good. Alive, I mean.

    After that…I’m good, no worries.

    • February 2, 2015, 8:16 am   /  Reply

      Andrew:
      Your perspective on life — well, you kind of knock “not worrying about it” out of the stratosphere, my friend.

  2. February 2, 2015, 8:49 am   /  Reply

    Beth, I’ve definitely gone through phases of worrying over things. I try not to worry, but there are those things that niggle in the back of my mind.

    Most of the time, I can be comforted with the truth that God is with me, and He’s guiding my steps. That He’s not surprised by anything that comes into my life. But sometimes, it’s hard to let go of the worries and walk trusting Him. I guess I just keep moving forward and try not to think about the things that worry me most. I pray and leave them at the foot of the throne. I’m not explaining this very well. 🙂

    Great post!

  3. Susan
    February 2, 2015, 1:00 pm   /  Reply

    I am right there with you! I never had worries dogging me until I was a parent. It’s been a tightrope walk ever since, and no way I could do it without God to hold them and steady me!

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