"Jesus said, "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid." (GNB)
The English word for "worry" comes from an old German word meaning to strangle, or choke. That is exactly the way worry works. It actually brings about mental and emotional strangulation.
Mark 4:19 says, ". . . and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful." Jesus knows that worry is natural to us, but He also can see the long-range effects of it.
In St. Thomas, there is a parasite called "golden thread" that grows on trees and bushes. It looks like spaghetti and spreads out and around, eventually choking the tree or bush to death. The only way to get rid of it is to completely remove it. When we lived there, my husband would chop all the affected branches off, carefully gather every piece that fell to the ground, and remove them immediately. In addition, this parasite is carried from one tree to the next in the air. If there was golden thread growing on our trees and we didn't chop it off right away, the neighbors around us would not be able prevent the parasite from spreading to their own trees and plants.
This is the way worry works. It will slowly choke our joy in life, choke our ability to serve the Lord, and may eventually paralyze our ability to function properly in life. In addition, if you hang out with worriers - people who complain, worry, and always predict the worst, negative thinking will creep into your thinking as well.
Starting today, yank that worry right out of your mind. Be consistent and persistent in carefully removing every trace of it. Then, replace worry with something better - trust in God. Worry replaced by prayer equals trust.
Rev. Susan Sparks reveals how not to worry about things that may never happen.
Lord, thank you that because of Jesus I can come to You in confidence. You accept me as I am, - worries and all. I am giving ALL my worries to You right now. Thank you for taking care of things for me.
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