John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Do you constantly fret about everything from your health to what people think of you, to what could happen today, tomorrow, or even next year? If this sounds like you, then you may be worrying your life away. Excessive worry doesn’t just affect your mental health, it also wreaks havoc on your physical well-being. Your heart rate increases, your breathing becomes heavier and you might even break into a sweat.
Worry should come with a warning label. “Discontinue if rash, redness, irritation, or swelling develops. Side-effects may include drowsiness, mild to severe agitation, dizziness, palpitations, or dry mouth.”
Like the old saying goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion, but it never gets you anywhere.” We lie awake at night worrying about bills, relationships, our job and more. Worry can turn toxic. A day of worrying is more exhausting than a week of work.
If you run into a bear in the woods, you do have something to worry about. But how many of us actually go face to face with a bear? Let’s try to be more worry-free and live life with our arms and eyes wide open looking for the opportunities God has for us.
Worry is using our imagination to create things we do not want
“We can get busy living or get busy dying.” (A quote from the movie, Shawshank Redemption.) Worry robs us of the joy-filled moments in life. Let’s take a moment to stop chasing the darkness called worry and enjoy our life. A few suggestions I have gathered in past years that help me put things into perspective.
- If you worry about the words said to others: Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
- If you worry about what you will wear: Always wear clothing that will make you look good if you die wearing it. I don’t want to die in a bathing suit.
- If you worry about your car breaking down: Never buy a car you can’t push with the help of friends.
- If you worry about weighing at the doctor’s office: Don’t weigh. They will still take your money.
- If you worry about dancing: Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Dance like nobody is watching. Just get up and dance your heart out.
- If you are worried about your age: Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
We can climb out of emotional black hole. Yes, it is possible. In life we can be complainers or conquerors. Warriors or worriers. Let’s take these steps to avoid the worry in our lives so we can conquer each day with boldness and courage.
- Pray—It is asking God to come to our rescue. On our worst day, He will not walk away from us. He won’t change his mind about how much He loves us either, so we don’t need to worry about that. “I the LORD do not change” Malachi 3:6
- Exhale—breathe in and breathe out. If possible breathe in the smell of lavender or peppermint. Both have a calming effect on people.
- Ask yourself, “What can I do in the present moment to change this?” Most likely the answer is to be still, rethink, and continue to run life’s race with endurance. Don’t give in to hopelessness.
- Remember that it’s rarely as bad as we worry it will be. Anxiety or worry is all about anticipation. The “what ifs” are always way worse than the actual event IF it even happens
In the grand scheme of life, our future is either negative or positive according to how we think. We cannot change the number of days in our lives, but we can change the quality of our life. We are never too old for a new beginning. We can die while we are still alive or we can live every single day fully alive until the day we die. Throw life into overdrive and live life fully alive. Worry steals days and if we have less days how will we ever accomplish our dream? Life is short and we don’t have time to let worry whittle it away from us.
Don’t follow your dreams—-chase them!
From one sister to another…………….((((BigHug))))
Love you, Tammy