Oftentimes, our worries turn into anxiety as a result of repetitive worrying about the past mistakes. These mistakes may be done by us, or by another person. To stop worrying, let us remember that mistakes are mistakes and we cannot turn back the time to undo what has been done already. What we need to instead is to face each day with a new hope and a new goal or will to change for the better, so that past mistakes cannot be repeated again.
If we are worrying about past mistakes of another person toward us or toward our loved one, we ought to hand over the situation our God and entrust it to Him fully by learning to forgive. It’s not easy but if we continually strive for it and continually pray for God’s help as we surrender, we can achieve it.
Thinking about the future is unavoidable because we are uncertain about it. Thinking about it is enough though, but to worry about it would turn into anxiety; which affects our mental, emotional, and even spiritual health. We often worry about unnecessary things, but we must realize the over thinking about these things are useless and folly.
“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?”– Matthew 6:25 (ESV)
If we continually worry about such things and allow ourselves to be overcome by anxiety, we are also disobeying God’s command. It was even repeated in Matthew 6:31 (ESV):
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”
Dwelling on the Present…
Worrying about the future and even about the past only wastes our time because we know that we can do nothing about it. We worry about the future, for things that are uncertain for tomorrow. We worry about the past because of our failures and how it can affect our future. By living in the present, we can save our time and energy from worrying. God wants us to use our time for other things rather than worrying.
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life” –Matthew 6:27 (NIV)
So let us stop worrying. Moreover, we need to seek God’s Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33) and pray to God for our needs because he loves us, and our father definitely cares for us (Matthew 6:26). If we just follow God’s commands and align our priorities according to His Will, we will surely be on the right track. We need not worry about anything anymore because everything will fall into the right place.
Casting all our burdens…
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” – 1Peter 5:7 (NLT)
God truly cares for us. And although he knows all the things that we need even before we ask Him (Matthew 6:31), we must pray as a humble reverence and an act of faith toward Him. It’s also our duty as Christians to obey our father and depend on Him alone.
God is in Control.
Above all else, when things are out of control, let us not forget that God in control. So stop worrying. The kinds of things we worry about are countless, and the ones mentioned above are just two examples (past and future worry). But if we continually pray for our needs and remind ourselves who God is and how He loves us, we will continually grow in our faith to Him. I would like to leave a very wonderful truth from Romans 8:28:
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” –Romans 8:28 (NLT)
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