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Don't Waste Your Time
July 24, 2020
"Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to our life?"
Matthew 6:27
The notion that God is control can be overwhelming sometimes. The all-knowing, everywhere, all the time God is a really hard concept to grasp. We say we believe it. We quote it.  We put it on our t-shirts and coffee mugs. But, when things get shaky in our lives, we worry.   

You've seen the meme:  You can either pray and not worry or you can worry and not pray.  It makes no sense to do both. But we do...all the time. 

Of Course We First. 

Yesterday my son, the new driver, was out when a huge thunderstorm hit.  I had about 20 seconds of panic before I called him and told him to be careful and go slow. Then, I got off the phone and prayed. I went upstairs, lit my lavender candle to keep me calm, and I trusted God.  

If I had spent the next hour worrying about my son on the road what could I have changed? Would my worry make the storm stop?  Could my worry guarantee that he would get home safely? No. Worry would have been a complete waste of my time. 

Worry Has No Purpose

Physical pain signals that something is wrong in our bodies. It is often the first step in diagnosing and alleviating the problem. Emotional pain is useful, too.  It warns us not to make the same mistake or to proceed with caution.

While pain serves a purpose, worry does not. What does worry produce besides ulcers and high blood pressure?  Jesus doesn't simply tell us not to worry in Matthew 6,  but he also asks "Why worry?"  so that we can see how useless it is. Worry is a complete waste of time. 

Worry Is Always Too Early

When is the last time you worried about something that was happening "now" the exact moment?  Never. Worry is a precursor to activity, like fear.  The thing you are worried about hasn't even happened yet and it may not ever happen. If we practice living "right now" there is no place for worry. In Matthew 6:34 Jesus says, "Tomorrow has enough trouble of it's own."  

In January we started prepping for SAT and I pushed my son to put together his college visit list for spring break. I rushed to book flights and went into maniac mom mode making sure we could see three schools in one week. He needed to score big on that March SAT and then take it one more time in June.  Guess what?  There was no SAT. No ACT either.  All five of the colleges on his target list have now removed the SAT/ACT testing requirement for 2021 admissions.  Worry was early and God stopped it at the door in 2020. 

Worry Doesn't Change Things.

If you see a snake and run away you may have prevented yourself from being bitten. You'll never know. If you come to a dark alley and decide to take the streets instead, you may have prevented yourself from being mugged. You'll never know. Fear can cause you to change your behavior which thereby may change the outcome. Worry, on the other hand, doesn't change a darn thing. 

Fear is something you experience. Worry is something you do. 

Worry can't heal you.
Worry can't change your spouse.
Worry can't protect your family.
Worry can't keep your job or get you a new one. 
Worry doesn't change anything.

Prayer does. 
Instead of worrying about it...Check out this "Prayer Journal for Women" that I use every day. I write my concerns, list my prayers and capture the date that God answers. He always answers! 
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