Seven Reasons Not to Worry

Worry, if not controlled, can become one of the biggest emotional drains in our lives. As a college student, the worry list is endless: poor grades, high tuition (or mal-tuition), next meal, an uncertain future, poor relationships, and the list goes on and on. I’m getting depressed just thinking about it.

However, in study conducted on human behavior, statistics revealed that of all of the things we worry about, only 7% of our worries are actually worth worrying about; the study revealed that 93% of our worries either won’t happen or is totally out of our control to do anything about anyway. Then why do we spend so much time doing worrying? Because like most bad habits that we possess, we’ve been conditioned to do it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m no different, I worry just like the next person (who doesn’t have problems?), but over the years, I’ve learned to lean on God’s promises rather than my perceived problems when I’m faced with the choice of whether or not to worry. I know that in the past I’ve overcome tougher stuff than this, so why would this (worry) be any different? I would encourage you to look at the causes of your worries, instead of the situation itself.

In the Bible, the book of Matthews (Chapter 6:25-34) gives us seven reasons why believers shouldn’t worry. If you read these reasons, does that mean you won’t ever worry again? Give me a break, of course not. So Joe, why list them here? So you can view your worries and problems through God’s eyes, not your own. Here are the reasons with the scriptural references for each:

The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. (Matthew 6:25)

Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today. (6:26)

Worrying is more harmful than helpful. (6:27)

God does not ignore those who depend on him. (6:28,29)

Worry shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God. (6:31,32)

There are real challenges God wants us to pursue, and worrying keeps us from them. (6:33)

Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry. (6:34)

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