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? 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? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Worry: To be anxious. To be troubled in spirit. To live in fear. To be obsessed with an issue or issues. To experience stress.
Worry impacts our entire being. We burn energy at a higher rate causing fatigue. Our heart rate increases. Our blood pressure rises. Our body temperature climbs. Stress can cause insomnia, migraine headaches, hypertension, depression, ulcers, and lead to heart disease. Worrying cannot add a single hour to your life, but it can take a few hours away.
Worry’s greatest damage is not to our bodies but to our souls. It takes our minds off Christ and focuses on circumstances. Worry resurrects failure from our past and borrows uncertainty for our future. Worry is a lack of trust, a lack of faith, and an irregular beat of a heart not set on God. Worry is not a personality trait; it is a spiritual problem.
Talking to God
Father, my mind can be filled with many things besides you. I can worry about things from my past and things in my future. I can allow worry to paralyze me and render me spiritually useless. Lord, please override my worry with your peace. Keep my eyes focused on you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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