Once we start to worry, it seems difficult to stop. Little things, big things, anything. The what-ifs, the maybes, the shoulda-coulda-wouldas. You get the idea.
But it’s exhausting, isn’t it? Sometimes you just need a break from your own head. But is that even possible? Luckily, there is a way to stop worrying.
Why do we worry?
Essentially, when we worry, we’re not trusting God. We don’t have enough faith to trust that God has everything under control. We think about each situation, conversation, or action, because we’re afraid about what the outcome might be.
How do I stop worrying?
When we try to stop worrying, we think about what WE can do differently in each situation, what WE can do to fix the problem. We look up ‘how to stop worrying’ and follow the steps to take and habits to adopt that will stop us from worrying. We try to do it all on our own and sooner or later, we find ourselves back in the same position of worrying, because it’s the wrong approach.
The Bible commands:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV)
In a nutshell, don’t worry about anything, pray to God in every situation, and He will give you peace.
The Bible then goes on to say:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. — Philippians 4:8 (NIV).
So not only does the Bible tell us to not worry, it tells us to focus on ‘excellent’ and ‘praiseworthy’ things. Not once does the verse mention any negative thoughts.
There is really no need to worry about anything. Worrying is a waste of time and energy, and is sinful in nature. It doesn’t achieve anything. It doesn’t fix anything. Instead of stressing over things that you have no control over, trust God and pray in every situation, and you will have peace of mind because God has things under control.
God, who created everything and knows all things, is with you. Rest in Him and have peace.