Worry is a decision. It is an acquired habit.
While many people simply struggled to earn a living, put food on the table, and get something to wear, some worry about money, job security, health, and other kinds of stuff.
But where more “stuffs” are being pursued, stresses are mounting.
Let me share a faith-based approach in dealing with your worry.
1. Follow Jesus’ Model.
You have the choice to follow Jesus Christ’s proactivity. Regardless of your religious convictions, we all agree that worry is part of human nature. When Jesus said, “Don’t worry about your life,” it is a command against this nature.
Spiritually speaking, worrying is an act of disobedience.
Despite the massive impact of Jesus’ leadership to the world, he perfectly exemplified a worry-free life. If Jesus was stress-free and produced great results, does it make sense that your stress has no relationship with your success at all?
When you worry, will it make you productive? Will it give you a better life?
2. Face Realities.
Worrying is usually related to the material things you’re emotionally attached with. But when you choose to worry over “these things,” is it beneficial?
When I look at the post-modern life today, I see that the unhealthy pursuits of a lot of stuffs leading to more stresses.
There are things within your grasp and those beyond your control. You may not be able to control what happens outside your life, but you have the power to respond to these uncontrollable situations.
When you’re a child, you don’t remember worrying about anything. For childlike faith, you can trust God as a father who can provide for your basic needs, help you in your daily situations, and protect you in times of dangers.
This is not to say you’re going to be idle. But learn to keep what can’t be taken away from you, and those you can’t, let go.
3. Fix Your Priorities.
Since worry is closely related to the physical and material concerns, there’s a need to reconsider whether it is really of primary importance. It’s because stress, which is emotional, results also to physical problems, a vicious cycle cumulatively leading to another problem.
However, the principle of Jesus to “seek first” is connected to the “spiritual” things (in contrast to the material things). As such, from a Christian view, the “First Things First” principle is concerned with the things of God.
Why is this important? It’s because when you’re focused on the things of God, you’re completely centered and balanced in this imbalanced world.
It is your responsibility to find out which is “more important.” If you have clearly identified your priorities in life, you’ll lessen your anxiety level, even eliminate it.
Much more, when you realize that God knows your needs and cares for you, worrying is not appropriate. In fact, worrying is an act of unbelief.
Why worry about tomorrow, if you know Someone who holds it in His hands?
Do what must be done. Whatever the results, pray that most, if not all, will work things out well.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017