When you hear the term worry, what comes to mind? Maybe you’re thinking about a circumstance or incident that makes you scared, or maybe you’re thinking about an upcoming appointment or meeting. Whatever it is, I want to share with you today that worry has nothing to do with a specific event or situation, but rather with the desire to avoid it. Worry is the result of our attempts to avoid unpleasant feelings or events. When we are injured or burned by someone or something, our bodies and minds have a natural protection mechanism, which is to build walls and promise ourselves that it will never happen again. Nobody enjoys suffering, but it is an unavoidable part of life. Spending our life wrapped up in a ball trying to avoid pain and danger is the worst thing we can do for ourselves to interfere with our walk with God.
Friend, with Him who loves you, you are more than a conqueror, so refuse to live in an emotionally guarded jail cell. Get back into the water if the waves knock you down; if you fall out of the boat, hop back in and keep sailing forward. Spend less time pondering on the things you’re afraid of and more time doing them! Face your fears and know that you will never be alone if you do so. Not only is Jesus with you, but you are also a member of God’s family, which means you have people who love you, who will pray for you, and who will support you as you overcome your fears and worries. You will be upheld and supported as you “do life” with Jesus and His people, allowing you to press on toward the goal of winning the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14)! Isn’t that fantastic news?