Worry vs. Responsibility

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

– Matthew 6:25-27

Worry steals more joy than anything else in our lives. It is the single force that can obliterate happiness and destroy peace. Of course, it’s easy to worry. If it wasn’t, who would do it? It’s always the path of least resistance to stress about what might happen to your job, in your business, with your health, or when things change. It’s easy to worry about North Korea, the economy, politics, your kids or your church. Worrying can be a lifelong sentence because there’s always something new to fret about.

That said, here’s the main thing I want you to know and remember: being a worrisome person is not the same as being a responsible person. Agonizing over what might happen doesn’t make you smarter or more successful. On the contrary, it takes away your strength, joy, clarity and vision. In essence, it saps your battery of the energy you need to do what God calls you to do. So be responsible, but don’t worry. You don’t have time for that!


God, thank you for taking care of everything in my life so that I don’t have to worry. I commit my concerns to you and ask that you would teach me not to fret about what I can’t control.


Do you find yourself worrying about things you can’t control? Are you ready to surrender those concerns to God?

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4 Responses

  1. I try not to worry but I know I do I want to be able to turn all my worries over to God like today I have to go to the dr I am worried about that hoping it’s nothing serious dear lord In heaven please help me and forgive me of my sins when I go to
    The dr that it is nothing serious in Jesus name

  2. Yes , I do tend to worry about things that I cannot control at times for that I used and kind of let emotions run high at times during certain different situations for that I have to pray to GOD to not worry about anything or anyone anymore to give all to GOD today and always to make everything allright when we put our trust in Jesus Christ today always & forevermore ’til the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

  3. A quandry! There are two clichés: “Let go and let God.” and then there’s, “God helps those who help themselves.”

    How do we determine when we should act and when we should wait???

    1. “God helps those who help themselves” is no where in Scripture and is counter to the entire message of Scripture and God’s grace.

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