There are a lot of things we can worry about these days. Now worrying has been a trend in our lives. Here are 5 reasons why you should not worry.
This entry has been strongly inspired by Harold J. Sala’s book: “Making Your Emotions Work for You”
Reason number 1: Worrying is a sin
The Bible explicitly says that worrying is sin because it’s telling God that He can’t handle the problems of your life. It’s having no faith in Him who created you and ordained your days while you were still unformed.
“I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important that food, and the body more important than clothes?” – Matthew 6:25
It is more of a command from Jesus to tell us not to worry. Because God’s hand is in everything.
“Look at the birds of the air they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Matthew 6:26
The birds do not worry. Why? Because they know that God will provide for them. They know that God’s hand is in everything. If they are that much cared for by our God, how much more do you think does He care for you and me? We who are worth more than many birds?
I love this verse: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” – Numbers 23:19
If we worry, we are calling God a liar. Plain, simple and explicit. Can it get any more blunt than that?
Reason number 2: Worry eats you up physically
The worry business is booming. Just look at all the drugs and meds popping up and being formulated by chemists and doctors today. There are a lot – from sleeping pills, to anti-anxiety pills, to illegal drugs (I am led to think they’re for worry because they’re usually used to forget problems) to computer games, and all other kinds of stuff that make you forget your problems and let you sleep at night.
Worry is something that eats you up physically. It gives you ulcer due to the anxiety stress. It creates high blood pressure in your veins. It is something that will physically affect you in a way that you don’t want to be affected. Worry is a killer.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:27
Reason number 3: Worry makes you unproductive
Worrying cripples your ability to move and take action. It lets your mind linger to the things that are unnecessary (and often unreal) that the things you have to take care of are left for granted. It will eat up your thoughts. Instead of taking action and planning on how to solve your problem, it will take up the form of ‘what-if’s’ and ‘should have’s’.
Reason number 4: Worry magnifies the problem
Problems are problems. The very nature of us humans is to try and solve them. There will always be problems in life. Bliss is non-existent in a lifetime on Earth. Worry is, by nature, a magnifying glass – for problems. Instead of taking the problem as it is and making the right plans and taking the right steps of action, worrying makes the problem bigger than it is and makes us think and re-think of our course of action to the point that we give up.
Reason number 5: Worrying is useless
What will happen will happen. Often times we can do something about it. Worrying does nothing about anything and is, in the end, useless. So why worry?