Todays Hot Topic: Worry

Continuing ABC Church’s sunday morning open discussion forum on todays prevalent topics, today the congregation discussed “worry”.

WOR-RY – ˈwərē
VERB:
1. give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
“he worried about his soldier sons in the war”
2. (of a dog or other carnivorous animal) tear at, gnaw on, or drag around with the teeth.
“I found the dog contentedly worrying on a bone”
SYNONYMS: fret, be concerned, be anxious, agonize, overthink, brood, panic, lose sleep, get worked up, get stressed, get in a state, stew, torment oneself
“she worries about his health”
NOUN:
1. a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
“her son had been a constant source of worry to her”
SYNONYMS: anxiety, perturbation, distress, concern, uneasiness, unease, disquiet, fretfulness, restlessness, nervousness, nerves, agitation, edginess, tension, stress

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Worry affects us all. Take a look at the fingernails of the person closest to you and you may see the repercussions of anxiety.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? -Matthew 6:25-27

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. -Matthew 6:31-34

Ask yourselves:
   ●   What kinds of things do you worry about?
   ●   How does worry affect your life?
   ●   Why is it hard not to worry about things?
   ●   Why is it hard not to worry about things?
   ●   Are there any benefits from worrying?
   ●   When does worry become sin?
   ●   How do you give your worries to God?
   ●   Does giving your worries to God relieve you of any responsibilities?
   ●   How would your life be different if you didn’t worry?

It was unanimously agreed that we would be happier and healthier without worry. We would take more risks and live life fuller.

Worry can hold us back at every turn. Anxiety causes us to overthink and to focus and fixate on the smallest things, inflating them into gianthood.

Worries take a million different forms: school, work, health, family, friends, relationships, money, decisions, careers…

It steals sleep, it steals time, it steals relationships – worry is a thief.

Yet the Scriptures tell us that we need not worry for a single thing.

Why does God allow things that cause worry into our lives?

Having kids opened many peoples eyes to how God works as a Father. That His correction in our lives is not about anger but about love. Challenges arise in our lives to allow us to grow and learn.

A truly loving parent disciplines (lending correction not angery punishment) their children for their own good. We dont allow our children to subside on candy, we teach them not to lie, we show them what is right and wrong. We do this because our love for them prompts us to look at their longterm good not just their shortterm happiness.

This is God’s way and understanding that EVERYTHING He does is for our good and because He LOVES US helps us to trust Him and to stop worrying.

God knows all. Every second of our lives is already mapped out. Our every decision and its repercussions are already planned for… even our sinful decisions. God already has it worked out for our best interests.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

-Romans 8:28

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It is not easy. It isn’t. However worry is entirely unnecessary. If we accept what the Bible truly tells us about God, His character and His unending knowledge of our future, we see that worry is foolishness.

There are no benefits to worrying. It is wholely unhealthy.

Worries fade as our faith in God grows. As we develop our relationship with God, as we begin to know Him more, our trust grows. With this trust comes faith. With this faith worry goes away.

As we draw closer to God our weakness to worry disappears. Our proclivity or tendency to anxiety become lesser and worries slide away.

It is the same premise as any relationship, the more time we spend with our spouses or friends the more we learn to trust them. Spending time with God is a key to mitigating worry and anxiety.

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