Our September Sermon Series will be about worry: Don’t we all worry about stuff? We just do. I don’t mean that wring-your-hands, fretting and get-sick-to-your-stomach kind of worry. But the kind of natural focused concern about things you care about. Like we “worry” about our kids or our grandchildren. Parents care, we just do. We want our kids to be safe, healthy and make good decisions.
That’s normal, but . . .not necessarily the best use of our emotional energy and spiritual capacity. The bottom line is that worry isn’t helpful or productive, and rarely changes anything.
There are common worries:
1. Worry about our families, family health, 4. Worry about safety.
- health. 5. Add this one, some even worry
2. Worry about what we can’t control about our church.
3. Worry about finances/unemployment
Corrie Ten Boom said; “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” This is such good wisdom!
John Maxwell was aked the question, “Why worry?” Here’s what he said:
40 Percent will never happen.
30 Percent concerns old decisions that cannot be changed.
12 percent centers upon criticisms made by people who feel inferior.
10 percent is related to my health, which worsens when I worry.
8 percent is legit, which can be met head on when I have eliminated senseless worries.
Trust God. 33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
When we trust God we increase our faith. The devil loves to make us doubt, We are drawn to people of great faith because they offer hope. People will always listen to the person with great faith who offers hope over one who worries.
Get Some Rest. Sometimes we overcomplicate things. We can overthink stuff and become exhausted. You might just need to take a break. Get some rest. This is a powerful tool to change your perspective. Remember, “When you have done all you can do, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” -Victor Hugo