Every Day with Him

Day 205

Proverbs 12:25

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

When I think of weight, I think of heaviness..a burden…something that can keep you moving slower and keep you down…

And isn’t that just what worry does?

Worry can be like chains around our neck…or wearing a lead jacket….or walking uphill with a 75 lb backpack. When we have that extra weight, we can hardly think of anything else. That heaviness is overpowering anything else that we are trying to do. All we can think of is getting rid of the weight or just giving up and sitting down.

Worry can cause a person to give up..slow down..stop pursuing their life’s dreams..etc..

Not that a person can’t go on or be a functioning person…but it makes the journey more laborsome…

One verse in particular that I love is this:

(NIT) Matthew 6:31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God£ above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Christ specifically instructs us Not to worry…saying that it’s a trait of unbelievers allowing worry to dominate them.

I love the second half of this verse that gives the “answer” to combating worry…..simply giving “an encouraging word” to help cheer the person up! How simple….how profound! When trying to help someone overcome worry, we often think we need to do something, take something, cook something…but sometimes a person weighted down with worry may simply need an encouraging word.

I am guilty of worrying, I must confess. Most of my friends confess to worrying as well, no matter that we are fully devoted Christians, knowing and claiming Matthew 6:31. But oh the joy of feeling the weight lifted from our shoulders when we are given an encouraging word and gentle reminder that God is mindful of the flowers in the field and the smallest of birds falling from their nests.

I pray that today I would be that person to offer that encouraging word to one of my worry wart friends. And as for my own vise of worrying about things that God already has under control….shame on me! I pray that those thoughts of worry that crowd my mind, mostly during the night, would be flooded with scripture reminding me of God’s provision, of God’s love for me and His desire that I would rest in His promise.

Worry…….worry…worry….

I always thought that when I got to my 50’s and my kids were all gone from the coop, that I would find some respite from worrying so much…but to my dismay, it has been just the opposite.

I have never worried so much in my life! I’m not sure if it’s because I have lived life and realize all of the pitfalls that our children could fall into, but feel helpless to protect them or if it’s just my age! When our children were small, we controlled almost everything about them..what they would wear, what they would eat, where they would go…and that availed a certain amount of peace.

But now that they are grown, rightly so, we have no more control over those things. Our help is always close by, if they ask, but to allow them to make their own path is the better choice. As they make mistakes and choose difficult paths, they will grow as a result.

As a Christian, I know that it is wrong for me to worry so much. I know in my heart that I am to give over to God those things that cause me concern and allow Him to carry that burden. I know that peace comes from letting God in on that part of my life…but what do I do? I keep that part to myself most times….hoarding it…allowing it to creep into my peace..mostly at night when the busyness is gone..darkness has come..and the night is silent…no t.v…no chores..no errands..no plans..

That’s when Satan is his most effective on me. He knows when my brain becomes idle, that it leaves room for worry. He knows the trigger points for my worry as well…and as soon as the t.v. is turned off and my head hits the pillow…the thoughts invade….
I grab my pillow, go to the family room and turn on the t.v. to listen to reruns of news or sitcoms…anything to fill my thoughts and crowd out my worries..

I pray that I would be able to do as Christ instructs and lay my burdens at His feet and worry less….and to remember that the God who created the universe and everything in it…cares for me..and cares for those I love..and is in control of everything on this planet..There is nothing that happens that He is not keenly aware of.

Matthew 6:27-29
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Philippians 4:6-7
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.