Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Don't Worry, Be Happy

While trying hard not to let my worries eat my day and ruin it,  I just had to google it up. Thanks to Wikipedia and About.com for the informative passages. 

Worry is an emotion in which a person feels anxious or concerned about a real or imagined issue, ranging from personal issues such as health or finances to broader issues such as environmental pollution and social or technological change. Most people experience short-lived episodes of worry in their lives without incident; indeed, a moderate amount of worrying may even have positive effects, if it prompts people to take precautions (e.g., fastening their seat belt or buying fire insurance) or avoid risky behaviours (e.g., promiscuous sexual relations or cliff diving). However, about one in four people, have chronic worry, an anxiety disorder which requires professional treatment. Chronic worry can cause heart attacks, high blood pressure, ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, muscular aches and pains, skin rashes, eczema, respiratory problems and asthma.[citation needed]

Here are four biblical reasons not to worry from About.com

  1. Worrying Accomplishes Absolutely Nothing.

    Matthew 6:27-29 

      Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. (NLT)

  2. Worrying is Not Good for You.

    Worrying is destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to grow physically sick.

      Proverbs 12:25 
      Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. (NLT)

  3. Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God.

    The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. Here's a little formula to remember: Worry replaced by Prayer equals Trust.

      Matthew 6:30 
      And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (NLT)

      Philippians 4:6-7 
      Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

  4. Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction.

    When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn't care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need.

      Matthew 6:25 
      That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (NLT)

      Matthew 6:31-33 
      So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NLT)

      1 Peter 5:7 
      Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)


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