Worry – The Overrated Luxury

It ain’t worth it.  It’s overrated.  Worry is a very popular sport, but it’s never really been beneficial to anybody, anywhere, EVER!  In fact…

…the exact opposite is true.  It has been medically proven to contribute to many physical ailments.  It puts the potential of discovering creative solutions to the problems we face in a cruel, unrepentant, dank, dark torture chamber.  And, on top of it all, it holds faith captive, and deafens the voice of God, within.

The Bible actually addresses the subject of worry (and it’s marauding family of masqueraders) repeatedly.  By the way…I called them a family of masqueraders because the imps pass themselves off as common sense, rationality, and many other good sounding attributes.

A better solution: Make your mind stuff itself on a buffet of God’s words regarding worry, fretting, and the like.

  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Philippians 4:6

Here’s a quote I’d like to share with you from a book called, “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews that I believe you’ll think on for a long time:

“Take a deep breath.  If you can breathe you are still alive.
If you are alive, then you are still here.
If you are still here, then you have not completed
what you were put here on earth to do.
If you have not completed what you were put here on earth to do,
that means your very purpose has not yet been fulfilled.
If your very purpose has not yet been fulfilled,
Then the most important part of your life has not yet been lived.
If the most important part of your life has not yet been lived…
If the most important part of your life is yet ahead of you,
Then during the worst times, you can be assured that there is yet
more laughter ahead, more success to yet look forward to, more
children to teach and help, more friends to touch and influence.

Why worry when you can wait on the Lord and renew your strength.  Why worry when you can be like King David of the Old Testament (at one of the worst points of his life) and spend your time encouraging yourself in the Lord your God.

Gary

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  • Steve Baker

    Excellent article, Gary. I heard a good comment on the definition of worry just the other day. He said “worry is meditating on the word of the devil”. When I look at it like that it makes me not want to worry for sure. Worry is the easiest of all the sins that most easily beget us to wallow in. Thank you for your inspiring Encouraging Words.

    • Thanks, Steve. I often use that example when someone tells me they can’t get into meditation. I say, “But, you do it all the time. You just call it worry.” Worry works so well on us because God made us to be meditators. We just have to make a choice how we use the gift.

  • Rachel Perry

    Great word, Gary! Something I needed to hear, for sure. I liked that quote from Andy Andrews, too. Really helps you get re-centered when you think of things along those lines!

    • Thanks, Rach. Worry is a real pain in the b…..keester 🙂

  • Gary, I appreciate your thoughts on this, and the excellent quote. Worry is something that had been a stronghold in my life, and this last year I sensed God wanted to remove it. It was not easy, and I can’t say I’ll never deal with it again, but through His power and grace, I am much less likely to sin in this way than I was before. Praise be to Him!

    Welcome to High Calling Blogs. We look forward to seeing you around the network.

    • Dena,

      I think it will always be a tempatation, but it doesn’t have to be a stronghold, as such. It was very helpful to me to realize that “Meditation” is faith-filled “worrying.” It is choosing which direction we are going to allow the inner screen of our mind to go.
      Thanks for leaving the comment. By the way, I have a request out but I don’t know where to post the code for the seal into my blog. I control it now, but it was designed by another party. It’s a WordPress blog.