“Worry does NOT empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Worry/Stress/Anxiety are issues that we all deal with at some point in our lives. What do you worry about? Money? Job? Relationships? Your past? Your future? Your children? The direction of the country? Whatever your situation, I want to share with you a few practical steps in overcoming or reducing worry/stress/anxiety in your life.
1. Focus on the present (not the past or the future)
Most of us are worried either by a past that continues to haunt us or a future scenario that hasn’t even happened yet.
When your past affects your present, it’s important to note: it’s already happened. What’s done is done. You can’t undo the past. The past is the past for a reason, leave it where it belongs. Although we are all products of our past, we don’t have to be prisoners of it. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”
When your future affects your present, it’s important to note: it hasn’t happened yet! 95% of the things we worry about happen 5% of the time. We miss some of God’s greatest gifts daily because we’re focused on a scenario that hasn’t happened yet rather than focusing on what is right in front of us. Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
2. Pray More
I know this point seems like a typical point you hear in church every week, but if it were not important, I wouldn’t be emphasizing it to you. God’s Word tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Our lack of prayer tells us that we don’t believe prayer is enough. When we pray, we are telling God that we believe he is big enough, powerful enough, loving enough, and caring enough to handle the things we are going through.
Prayer puts us in the presence of God which far exceeds anything we’ll ever face.
Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” I believe one of the greatest causes of our worry/stress/anxiety is our inability to surrender control to God.
We want control of every situation in our life. We walk around calling Jesus “LORD” yet we still want control. We live with a “me-first” mentality. The reality is that the moment you asked Jesus to be LORD of your life, you gave up the control of your life that you once had.
Since God is the author and finisher of your faith and He’s already seen your life from beginning to end, wouldn’t it make sense to trust Him in every circumstance?
When Jesus comes into focus, our problems go out of focus.