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Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s trouble, it takes away today’s peace.
I’m a worrier. One of my biggest character flaws. You can assure me every which way from Sunday that everything will turn out okay, but I’ll still manufacture scenarios in my head of the worst possible future outcome of any circumstance or situation.
Like I’m doing with Peanut and Twix. Their future is a total open book but circumstances are such that I think I have a crystal ball and can see their future. And I don’t really like some of the things I see. I’ve made myself physically sick fabricating what I think may happen in their lives.
Do you ever do that? Get so caught up in worrying about the future that you’re completely blind to the wonderful things happening right in front of you in the present? Obsessing about what we think is going to happen in the future can mess with our minds to the point where we live in a hopeless mental state….making decisions based on a pessimistic viewpoint instead of living optimistically.
Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.
I saw this quote and it really made me stop and realize just how true that is. It’s similar to a self-fulfilling prophesy. Worry about what might happen in the future can subconsciously lead us to make decisions in the present that may make it easier for what we’re worrying about come true. When we spend our time worrying about what might happen, we crowd out our brains of the good memories of the past and don’t leave any room for positive possibilities in the future.
Worrying is using your imagination to create things you don’t want.
And we all know how powerful an imagination is! Strangely, we have the capability to direct our future simply by the thoughts we choose to dwell on in our heads. Decisions based on what we’re worried and anxious about are never good ones.
There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith.
You must decide which will live there.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:6-8
Which will you choose today?