Worry

100_2300Uneasiness, troubled, distressed, anxiousness and anticipation of future events or circumstances

Worry is a state of mind based on fear.  Napoleon Hill

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.  Robert Frost

The more we worry the more we have something to worry about.  Tom Seeley

  It is said that ninety percent of the things we worry about will not happen and the remaining ten percent is beyond our control. Worry is a tremendously wasteful as well as a harmful use of our precious time. It is very destructive and counterproductive; robbing us of our energy, enthusiasm, and motivation. People are seriously incapacitated and even die due to being overwhelmed by too much worrying. It is a serious mental sickness.

Worry is one of the most destructive forces in the world. It probably does more harm to humanity than any disease or plight. It prevents us from putting forth our best efforts. Our productivity is marginal at best. Our efficiency has been compromised. It can be compared to the engine in our car running poorly. It may be running, all of the spark plugs may be firing, but engine efficiency and horsepower is very low. We are performing like a four cylinder engine, when we have the capacity of eight cylinders. Our design specifications call for much more. Our engine needs fixing; it is sputtering and misfiring, instead of running smoothly.

Why do we worry about the past; playing the “what if” game; reliving heartaches and troubling times. The past cannot be improved by worrying about it.  What is done is done. Our lives are to be lived in the present. Worrying about the future is also a serious issue; worrying about things that have not happened; much of which may never happen. Our wisdom should guide us to plan for future events to the best of our ability. After we have done this, there is no point “sweating” the results. The objective is to make the best decisions with the information available, patiently wait for the results and then deal with any undesirable issues after they happen.

Worry is as serious an illness as having the flu or any other malady that robs us of our energy and vitality. In many ways it is worse. These illnesses are relatively short term in nature. Worry can last a life time. It incapacitates us. It can be overcome with mental discipline, confidence, enthusiasm, motivation, and every positive remedy that we can levy against it. Worry makes us sick; bring us down and robs us of our spirit. We must prevent this destructive force from adversely affecting our lives. It requires our constant guard and vigil.

Challenge:  What is it that worries you? Is it anything you can actually do something about? Do what you can, then stop worrying. Wait for the results. Stop worrying; it is such a waste. Constantly remind yourself that it is a serious drain of your mental and physical resources. Instead of giving in to worry; develop plans for action and contingencies. Have confidence in your decisions; and patiently let nature take its course. Make the most of it.

Wisdom:The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.  J Hadfield.

Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Worrying and confidently walking with the Lord are mutually exclusive. At least they should be. When we establish a “right” relationship with God, it is time to put to death “worry”. When God’s spirit comes into our life through our salvation experience, it should be the “begging of the end” for such spiritual illnesses as worry, fear, doubt, lack of confidence and many more. God wants us to declare our freedom. Live!

Prayer:Help me to declare my freedom from these mental illnesses. You have freed me from them.

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