What is it that you fear?
What do you worry about?
What frustrates you?
The National Institute of Mental Health says:
- -60% of things that we worry about will never happen.
- -68% live with a fear of death
- -88% of health concerns that are worried about won’t happen.
- -90% of our worries turn out to be less significant issues.
Does this mean that if we worry about things that they won’t happen? No, it simply means that we spend too much of our time worrying about things that would never have happened in the first place. How often are we guilty of dreading the worst possible outcome instead of anticipating the best possible outcome?
If we would refocus the energy we use for worrying and point it toward solutions our lives would be significantly less stress filled. A key part of refocusing is to understand that there are just some things that are out of our control.
In Matthew 6:27, Jesus said, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to his life.” What he is saying here is that no amount of worrying will change anything. It is Christ, and Christ alone, who holds the keys to life and death. So, if he holds the keys to our very lives, wouldn’t it make sense to trust him with both the little and the big things that tomorrow might bring? He knows what our troubles are. He understands our challenges. This doesn’t mean that we have no responsibility for the outcome. It means that, in the end, whatever happens, is ultimately up to him anyway. The best thing we can do is to do what we can and leave the rest up to him.
Mark 5:36 “…Don’t be afraid; just believe.”