Worry Busters

"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6: 34, NIV

"What's going to happen? What am I going to do?" These thoughts became a typical response to any trouble that came my way. That was until I became sick of it. I finally prayed and asked God for some help in eliminating this worry from my life. He gave me a solution which has helped me greatly. It consists of asking myself two questions when I catch myself worrying about something in my life.

1. I dentify the worry:
Before asking myself these two questions, I first had to identify the worry. When I would catch myself worrying about something, I stopped myself and paused. I then continued with the second step. I will use two examples from my own life to illustrate this point. First, I was taking a very important exam. Second, I discovered the tests had shown I may have cancer.

2. What is the worst thing that would happen to me?
I had to first look at the worst case scenario. In my first example, I could fail the exam. Secondly, I could die o f cancer.

3. Can I deal with the worst possible outcome with the Lord's help?
This consists of looking to God for help, no matter what the outcome. I discovered that if I failed the exam, I would be very disappointed. However; there would always be another time to take the exam over again. Secondly, if I died of cancer, it actually would be the best outcome in the end, not because I wanted to die, but because I would be in heaven with my Lord!

4. Release the worry to God and follow up.
As I released the worry to God, I was relieved. One thing I did do was keep a mental note of it, and follow up to see what happend. Almost all the time, my worst case scenario did not come to pass. I did not have cancer and I passed the exam with flying colors. These two easy questions have helped me trememdously in the worrying department. Not that I have conquered worrying, but with the Lord by my side, these steps have helped relieve me of quite a bit of stress. There.fore, the next time you catch yourself worrying, remember to follow these simple steps.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for relieving us of our heavy burdens and worries as we bring them to You. In Jesus' name, Amen

By Jodi, Arizona