Today, for some reason, He directed me back to this previous post:
Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NAS
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 NAS
Concern? Yes, I’ve had concerns, I have concerns, and I will have
concerns. There are things or people or events that have an effect on
me, that I’m involved with, that are important to me, that get my
attention, that I am somehow, in some way, connected with.
Worry? Yes, I’ve worried. And, I’ll worry again. I’ve worried due to
or because of fear, troubles, injustice, disasters, distress, anger,
pain, danger, crime.
Is there a difference between concern and worry? Yes, there is a difference, a big difference.
* Concern tries to solve problems, looks for solutions, and faces challenges.
* Worry causes problems and worry is the problem. Worry is a waste of time, it’s pointless, and doesn’t help anything.
There are times it’s very hard not to worry. But, God says that we are
not to worry. He’s very clear on the subject. He asks us to give our
worries to Him. And, not to pick them up again. I'm guilty.
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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is
honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything
worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:6-8 NAS
This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. A Greg Laurie study
summarizes these verses into three steps for keeping worry from our
1- Right praying (verse 6-7). To be free of worry, we have to pray.
2- Right thinking (verse 8). Having peace involves both the heart and mind. The peace of God will guard our thinking.
3- Right living (verse 9). The way we act depends on our attitude. We are to think about things that are praiseworthy.
If Jesus is our personal savior, there’s no need to worry. God is in
control of your life. You may not know what tomorrow holds, but you know
who holds tomorrow.
I close with these quotes:
“Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.”
“There is a great difference between
worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned
person solves a problem. “
"Only one kind of worry is proper: to worry because you worry too much."
“Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.”
Mary C. Crowley