No? It should be
. The bad kind of 4-letter word, of course.
A long time ago someone told me that my worrying is basically just my inability to trust God. And I didn’t like that one single bit. Mainly because it was true. I worried therefore I did not trust God.
As a Christ follower, I shouldn’t even allow this word to pass from my lips
. So, I have learned not to over the years. I use the word “concerned”
instead. My pastor recently spoke about this and I almost laughed out loud
during the message because I DO THIS. A LOT. Saying I’m concerned about something makes me sound a whole heckuva lot wiser
If you’ve known Christ
for any amount of time, you have probably heard a message preached about worry
. And the likelihood that it included Matthew 6:25-34
is incredibly high.Â If you aren’t familiar with this passage, I suggest you read it.
In the devotional Jesus: 90 Days With the One and Only
, Beth Moore writes:
We’re never going to overcome worry by eliminating reasons to worry. Rest assured, life isn’t going to suddenly fix itself. God wills that we overcome worry even when overwhelmed by reasons to worry.
Something dawned on me
the morning I was reading this particular devotional. Why don’t I just turn my worry into prayer.
Stop the applause. I’m a genius. Tis true.
Actually, I realize this is quite elementary
. Many of you are nodding your heads in agreement because you’ve been doing it for years.
Some of you, like me, have forgotten how to turn a concern into a petition
to your Heavenly Daddy. And I imagine there are a few of you who’ve never thought
about this before. If that’s you, let me put some hands and feet to this.
When you worry if you will ever get married, stop and pray.
When you worry about your child’s safety, stop and pray.
When you worry about losing your job, stop and pray.
When you worry if someone you love will soon die, stop and pray.
If you should choose to follow my advice, it may seem like all you are doing is praying.
I think that’s the point 🙂
From the lips of MC Hammer…
We got to pray
Just to make it today
I said we pray (pray) ah, yeah, pray (pray)
We got to pray
Just to make it to pray
That’s word, we pray
I couldn’t resist. Feel free to go back through the lyrics and sing it. Oh, and make sure you say, “Aw yeah”. That really does it for me 🙂
I would like to pray for you. Would you share your biggest worry/concern with me? If you want to do it anonymously, that’d be perfectly fine.