“Let Him have all your worries and cares.” (I Peter 5:7)
I tend to be a perfectionist. I find it hard to be at peace when I don’t have all the next steps figured out. It makes me anxious, restless, worried and grouchy…kind of like a drug addict who needs a fix. The severity isn’t the same, but the symptoms are.
I found this short essay on worry in the Word for you today: “Author William Ward wrote: ‘Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat. It’s a magnet that attracts negative conditions…Worry is wasting today’s time, and cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.’ When an old man was asked what had robbed him of joy in his life, he replied, ‘Things that never happened.’ Do you remember the things you worried about a year ago? Didn’t you expend a lot of energy on them? And didn’t most of them turn out to be fine after all? Almost 99% of the things we worry about don’t happen! Did you know that a dense fog covering seven city blocks one hundred feet deep, is composed of less than one glass of water? Just one glass! But it can blot out practically all vision. A cupful of worry can do the same thing.”
Faith and trust in God can free you from that “cup”. We can’t control all of the circumstances in our lives, so stop trying. Life goes better when you give Him all your worries and cares.