(Side Note: I love fireworks SO incredibly much!)
Do you ever sit and think about what the New Year will hold? What kind of challenges and adventures are waiting in the upcoming months? What does this year hold for me relationally? Will I learn to love others with a Christ-like love? Will I meet the man of my dreams? Will I pass the state boards and become an RN? Where will I move? Will I ever get out of Wisconsin!? It’s so similar to the time when I get a new journal and I flip through the empty pages with such a sense of excitement; what is to come!?
This type of thinking however is only useful in small quantities! If you spend to long thinking about what is to come there is a good chance that the possibilities become less hopeful and just down-right scary. For those of you who are not constantly thinking about this—ignore because it will do you no good to begin thinking this way! For those of us who struggle with…well shall we call it what it is!? Yes we shall-WORRY!! For those of us who are (almost OCD) worriers this is a year to invoke change!
Why do we worry? Well I know in my life worry is usually caused by one (or both): a lack of preparation on my part or a lack of trust in God’s leading.
Do you remember times in your life when you were super nervous? Was it a school play? A piano recital? Taking the state nursing boards? Why were you nervous? I know for myself I am usually more worried for those events that I did not prepare well for. If you know your lines in a play or if you have memorized your piano piece the subconscious takes over and you do well. If you have not prepared yourself for the situation—well you are worried about the outcome.
This applies to so many situations in life. I am worried when I have to confront someone because I have not adequately prepared and studied the scripture. I am worried when I have to walk thru the Salvation plan with someone because I have not taken the time to memorize passages and easy explanations. I am worried about finances because I have not taken the time to prepare and stick to a budget. The list is ridiculously long so I will stop here. But I hope you see what I’m getting at. There is an aspect of worry that our personal preparation can eliminate.
God has a plan and I take such encouragement from Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” And we have to trust God! Lack of trust and worry are almost always seen together. When we are doing what we know to do, we can discover God’s will for us. But when we walk away from God until a big decision is to be made, you better believe there’s going to be worry! So preparation starts with having a daily walk with the Lord and to do what we know is right.
Two AWESOME quotes from Corrie ten Boom (The Hiding Place)
- “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
- “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”
Worry is not healthy, and in fact it is a sin. When we are struggling with a sin we take time to memorize scripture, read encouraging/challenging books and articles, and seek advice from leaders. What can you do to walk worry free in 2012?