Worrying is a waste of time, and since life is just a sum of precious moments, when we worry, we waste our lives. We worry because:
- We do not know what tomorrow holds.
- We extrapolate that ‘today’ would continue into the future.
- We fear that when tomorrow’s challenges come, we would not have the capacity or resources to handle them.
So we worry, we twist and turn mentally and experience the torture of our fears realized in 3D. We tie our stomach in a knot as big as our problems.
When we worry, we allocate our imagination and time to servicing our fears instead of using them for our master’s errand. Here’s what one should do instead, seek God’s kingdom right where one is.
At the conclusion of His sermon on the mount, Jesus said “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, and God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met- Matthew 6:30-33, The Message”
We can have no fear of what tomorrow will bring, because He, who holds the future in His hands and rules in the affairs of men, has promised that if we prioritize the spread of His love and message, He will take care of our every need.
There is no challenge that is so big that God can’t solve. When we pray in faith, He may either change our circumstances, or equip us with the capability to handle the situation.
When next you are tempted to worry, to run a million miles in a million directions within the walls of your thoughts, pause and say a prayer. Ask God to invite you into His agenda, and use you as a gateway for His Kingdom.
Pursuing God’s agenda might require you to visit the forgotten, or double up on your efforts to see unity thrive in your organization, or to labor in prayer for the brutalized, etc.
By spending our lives in this way, we find that we don’t need the certainty of a desired outcome to be happy and restful, God and His Kingdom coming are joy and rest enough of us. It is a well known but often-ignored paradox that your life comes into order the more you focus it outwards.
Worry wastes our lives. One day we would come to the end of our challenges and regret the time we spent worrying about them, since they were likely to end anyway. So let’s be wise and invest our imagination and time on seeking God’s kingdom first.
Is there anything you are concerned about right now? How can you pursue God’s agenda in the midst of that challenge?