I’ve been a worrier all of my life.
So much so that my mother used to give me some sound (but scary) advice: “it’s not the stuff that you worry about that gets you… it’s the stuff you never even saw coming” Thanks Mom… (now I need to worry about everything!!!) Well, I may be kidding about that, but what underlies it is very very wise: we can spend all of our time and energy carefully building a life and world around our worry only to realize one day that those worries (which never materialized) have directed the course of our lives… turned it into a bunch of shoulda/coulda/wouldas. Jesus often taught people to refocus from worry and want… to faith and contentment:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
God has created us, given us a purpose, placed us in the world and equipped us to make a difference. We need to trust that and have faith that it is so. God wants our life to be fully realized, fully expressed, and fully given.
Our challenge is to walk away from worry.