Here we are in a brand new year. Most of us are glad to begin a new year and we do it with the hope that it will be “better than last year.” But it seems we still face the same issues, the same problems.
Each new year we should review our life goals. In light of those goals, we should set priorities and let those priorities lead us toward reaching our goals. I think goal setting is important because we will grow and stretch ourselves, especially our faith. It is not too late to do this now.
My intention is to improve in some areas of my life. One of the areas is the issue of worry. Seems as if I drag it along with me year after year. How about you? Do you worry about past failures, present problems, future challenges? If you are like many, you manufacture things to worry about. I heard about a lady who worried so much the hair fell out of her wig.
It has been found that 40% of our worry consists of things that will never happen, 30% consists of things about the past that cannot be changed. In reality only about 8% are real problems that will be faced. If this is accurate, why should we devote so much time to worry?
I use the bible as my standard for answers to life problems. Jesus tells us in the “Sermon On The Mount” to “take no thought.” When he says take no thought, he is saying don’t be anxious. Don’t worry!
Worry affects us in many ways. It affects us physically, emotionally, and even affects us spiritually. Worry does not strengthen life. Jesus, the greatest teacher who ever lived, tells us in Matthew chapter six to take no thought about what we shall eat or drink , what we put on, and no thought for the future. Are these not the things we often worry about? Jesus said his Heavenly Father would take care of the birds, the lilies of the field, and says we cannot add one cubit to our stature by worrying. We cannot add a moment to our life. If anything, worry shortens life.
One little phrase in the last part of verse thirty of Matthew six gives the reason to not worry, “o ye of little faith.” Jesus was saying that my worry reveals a lack of faith and trust in God. This year I am going to be more aware that God knows all my needs, and he will meet my needs. “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus; “ Philippians 4:19.
I challenge you to review your goals in life. Instead of worrying, take your needs to the Lord and trust Him. Let Him handle things. He cares for you!