Anxiety, Worry, Fretting

Initial, momentary thoughts are uncontrollable, but letting those thoughts stay in our head to go round and round is controllable, but many have not learned how to control those thoughts or they don’t much of an effort to squelch them quickly. Many people are stressed out because of COVID, masks, vaccines, jobs, government, and on the list goes.

Many things, events, and situations that are in the future I have some control over. Those things I think about, strategize about, I try and figure out how to fix it, make it better, or eliminate it. Thinking about those things is a challenge, and I do research, get counsel, make plans and contingency plans, and I learn from the outcome. Goal setting is thinking about the future in a positive way. Repetitively thinking about my plans and goals for the future that I have some control over results in determination.

There are also a lot of things that I anticipate will happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year, that I have no control over. I don’t know what to do about them, and I usually don’t even know whether it will happen or not. Allowing those things to take up time in my brain is foolishness and will result in negative emotions, adverse health, and harmful decisions and behavior. The Bible commands us not to worry, but many do anyway thinking they have no choice.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing,

Matthew 6:25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.

Matthew 6:31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’

Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow;

John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled;

Psalms 37:8 Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

The key to living a worry-free life, full of peace no matter how bad the future looks is to turn every anxious thought into a prayer to God. I don’t ask God to change circumstances or events. I declare to Him that I trust Him totally as He controls the events in my life, that I love Him regardless of how hard life might become, and then I ask for strength to manage and bear up under anything that happens, I ask for His joy and peace to fill me, and I ask for wisdom to make right choices in the midst of tough times, and that I would glorify Him by living life like a winner not a wimp.

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