Why Worry?


“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

Are you a worrier? Do you expect the worst to happen? Do you find yourself in constant dread that something will go wrong?

Beautiful worried businesswoman at the desk.I know how you feel. You see, I’ve had a life-long struggle with worry.  But, by the grace of God,  I have also come a long, long way in overcoming it.

When I ask people why they worry, here are some of the answers I get:

  • I worry because it’s the responsible thing to do.  Is it?
  • I worry because it gives me a sense of control over my situation?  Does it?
  • I worry because there is a lot to worry about.  Is there?
  • I worry because I can’t NOT worry?  Really?
  • I worry because that’s just the way I am.  Is it?

Worry is the misuse of the imagination.  If you can worry, you can also NOT worry.  It all depends on how you use that amazing part of you designed by God to create.

Worry is simply negative thinking gone awry.

So, what are we to do when we are tempted to worry? The answer is found in Philippians 4:6-8:  “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Prayer will knock worry right out of your life.

Corrie Ten Boom was a Christian who hid Jews during World War II.  She was captured and placed in a concentration camp.  Here is what she said about worry: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles: it empties today of its strength.”

Are you allowing worry to empty you of your strength for today? If so, stop wasting your energy on worry.  Instead, pray. Then begin using your imagination to think of good things.

The Apostle Paul says it like this in Phlippians 4:8: “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

This is the formula for overcoming worry.  And it works every time!

In my newest work of fiction, SURRENDER TO LOVE, young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa LopezPicMonkeyFINAL061815416pmGonzalez, learns that worry and fear have no place in God’s plan for her life. 

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If you would like to learn how to overcome worry, check out my book YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS! You Were made for Greatness

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(Attitude) The Courage to Be a Writer

My pastor’s message yesterday morning was on courage. Just as it takes courage to follow Jesus Christ, so does it take courage to be one of His writers.

Today, I’d like to encourage you to have courage.

What is courage?

Webster defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”   Webster must have known a few writers, don’t you think?  Writing takes mental and moral strength. It takes perseverance in the face of fear and difficulty.

In short, writing takes courage. Strength of mind and heart.

The word courage stems from the Latin word cor meaning heart.  Courage is a quality of the heart. 

Plautus, a Roman playwright born in the third century B.C., equated having courage with having wisdom.  To have courage is to be wise.

Where does courage come from? True courage comes from the heart of Christ. 

Do you need courage today?  To persevere in your writing? To overcome a difficulty? A fear?   Ask our Lord for courage.  He will give it to you with gladness.
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