"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." ~Mark Twain
Regardless of age, marital status, or stage in life, everyone has their own set of concerns. Parents have a long list of worries ranging from potty training to paying off college debt. Financial concerns rank high on the worry list, and some families struggle to keep afloat. Senior citizens worry about declining health issues. Singles, who want to get married, worry about finding a mate. Teenagers worry about peer acceptance, grades, and choosing a career. The list is endless for every age group.
Worry is rooted in fear and is usually related to concerns of what may happen in the future. Worry can keep you up at night and send anxiety levels soaring. Like a thief in the night, worry robs you of your peace of mind.
Most of the things you worry about never happen. God understands your struggles with worry, and He does not condemn you. The words of Jesus tell you not to worry about tomorrow but to live one day at a time:
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
Worry is a waste of valuable time -- precious moments, sunny days, and productive hours -- that you will never get back. Each day is a gift from God, and you will never have this day again. Excessive worry may be a sign that you are moving away from your dependence on God. Prayer and Bible study will quiet your mind and diminish your fears. A close walk with Jesus is essential in helping to minimize worry. Jesus promises to be with you always, and to strengthen and sustain you during times of adversity. Trust Jesus, for He is trustworthy.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)
Father, help those who are plagued by worry and fear. Replace worry with peace and joy. Replace fear with faith and love. Help meet the needs of families who have college debt and financial concerns. Stretch forth your healing hand to those who have health concerns. Bring good relationships into the lives of singles. Provide guidance to teenagers and parents alike. In Jesus’ name. Amen.