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Lent Day 16: Worry

Addiction to worry is a subtle habit that can have powerful adverse affects on the mind, body and soul.  This was my story for a lot of years.  I grew up as a very conscientious kid and that eventually turned into worrying about big and small things.  I would worry about the future, money, vocation, relationships, who I was going to disappoint, and on and on.  This came to a head 7 years ago and I was faced with the choice of continuing down this road of worry or begin to allow Jesus to replace worry with belief. 

This verse is often overused or seems to simplistic, but read it slowly, even out loud and take in the promise from Jesus himself:

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” 

“These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers…” That is a powerful statement by Jesus that is often overlooked.  He is telling his audience that unbelievers are worriers, those who believe that I am God are not to worry. 

I realize this can seem impossible, and I am still tempted to worry at times, but I am proof that God can change a person who is prone to worry into one who believes!

 

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