Yesterday I began sharing my observations from Matthew 6 on how to wave goodbye to worry.
There are three more tools I found to help get rid of our unwanted friend.
3. Consider your value (6:26)
Too often we do not recognize our value. Each of us, regardless of our heritage, race, status, etc. are valuable to God but also to the world.
I don’t know about you but I don’t always feel valuable. This morning I overslept, threw on whatever I could find in my semi-conscious state and literally ran out the door. I made it late to worship practice still semi-conscious, hungry and not exactly feeling the best about myself. It was one of those days where if I was not in a leadership position I probably would have just rolled over and gone back to sleep.
Thankfully we are not less valuable in God’s eyes when the weather or our moods change and we simply feel worthless and cruddy. If God puts so much thought, time and energy into this created universe, how much more do you think He cares for you and me who are made in His image? We are the ones that He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth for so that He could take on our sin and give us an opportunity to be reconnected with Him.
You are also immensely valuable to others.
I recently read a quote by Betty Reese that I absolutely love, “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”
4. Consider what is being gained by all the “what ifs” (6:27)
Many times “what if” becomes a tool that enhances our worries instead of helping solve problems. If nothing is being gained by it, don’t use it.
While working on camp projects and trying to come up with fun and innovative ideas this type of question was asked a lot. “What if we tried this…” was not an uncommon phrase in our planning sessions. This is when “what if” is actually beneficial, but this is not always the case.
“Take every thought captive…” is an active command. It requires being aware of what is going through your mind and if it is not valuable, life filled, God-centered thinking, it has to be booted out the door.
This is one of my biggest struggles and a daily, sometimes minute-by-minute battle. I have to constantly keep in check if my line of thinking is actually helping or if it is just a stumbling block.
5. Seek God first (6:33)
God already knows. He cares. So why do we usually seek His counsel last?
For irony sake I am listing this at the end. Well, that and there is hope that the last point is what is best remembered for both of us!
When I have a problem I guiltily admit that I usually run to someone else before I bring the matter before God. If no one is around it often shows up on Twitter or my Facebook status so at least someone can hear about it.
Why do we seek out others or our own solutions before consulting God? How much less time would I spend worrying if I just brought it to God to begin with?
So, if you are like me and your thinking patterns give you panic attacks because of possible impending doom two months down the road, or even two hours from now, then maybe we should both spend a little time working on trusting God with everything and remember:
- Life is more than whatever problem you are facing.
- Give your brain and soul a break and take in the beauty of God in creation.
- Find out how valuable you are to God and to others.
- Consider your thought life.
- Take your worry to God first.
Do you have other suggestions or comments on how to get rid of worry?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)