In Others’ Words: Stepping Out From the Shadow of Worry
If I let myself, I could spend a lot of hours worrying.
About people I love.
About decisions I’ve made … or have to make … or about decisions others’ might make that affect me.
About finances. Isn’t there always a reason to worry about finances?
About my writing career.
About the future … in so many ways.
Worry, in the moment, feels oddly productive. I’m doing something. But in reality, I’m only pondering mights and maybes — all the future possibilities that cast a looming shadow over right here and now. I waste time and emotional energy conjuring up all sorts of negative scenarios instead of anchoring myself to the present — and to the very real trustworthy presence of God.
Someone once said you can choose to either worry or to pray — but you can’t do both. Ever since then, I’ve tried to pray when confronted with both the little things in life that trouble me, as well as the big things in life that bring me to my knees. Oftentimes, I hold on to an anchor verse like: In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. Psalm 56:11 NASB
In Your Words: How do you stop worry from gaining control in your life?
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