Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7
Are your prone to worry? I used to know someone who told me that worrying is in their nature and they could not help themselves. When I hear those types of things, I try really hard not to be judgmental, because everyone is different, and everyone has their own experiences to draw on. I get that. However, I also know that God has not given us a spirit of fear. I know that he has given us power, love, and a sound mind. So, no, worry is not in our nature.
If you are prone to worry, let me ask you this: has worrying ever changed the situation that you were worrying about? Did worrying make you feel better? Did worrying ever give you a sense of peace?
I am a human being, so I am not saying I have never worried. In fact, the last time I felt a real sense of worry was in the beginning of the year when I had my health scare. I genuinely thought that my days were numbered. I worried. Then I prayed. Then I let it go. In that moment, I knew that God’s will would be done and worrying was not going to change a thing. I still had some concerns, but I was no longer worried.
According to Joseph J. Luciani, PhD, worrying anticipates problems and things going awry, concern is more fact-based and geared toward problem-solving. See the difference?
Concern is healthy. Worry is counterproductive.
I have countless examples of how God brought me through difficult situations. For me, these examples are proof that I never have to worry. I know that whatever I may face, He will always be there. I am not the best money manager, but I have never gone hungry or been homeless. I raised two children on my own and their success speaks for itself. My life is a testimony.
Philippians 4:7 promises that the peace of God will guard my heart and my mind. I believe that and this is enough for me to know that I don’t need to worry about a thing.
As I journey to 56, I am comforted in the fact that my God is with me. He has been with me for 56 years and if it is His will, for another 56.