Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Breaking the Worry Habit

A.J. Cronin has written that our worries fall into these categories: 
Things that never happen – 40%
Things in the past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world – 30%
Petty, miscellaneous worries – 19%
Health-related worries – 12%
Real, legitimate worries – 8%

Think of what you worried about this week.  What category did that worry fall into?  What was accomplished by your worrying?
 Jesus said “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matt. 6:27)

Worry can be described as “interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair.  It will give you something to do, but won’t get you anywhere.”

Scriptural teaching about worry: 
Matt. 6:25: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

Matt. 6:34:  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Phil. 4:6:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

1 Peter 5:7:  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

 A Plan to Break the Worry Habit
1. Make a list of all the things that worry you.  Write them down.  Pray about them everyday.
2. Replace wrong thoughts with right ones.
3. Increase your sense of humor and laugh more.
4. Stay positive.  Talk to yourself with slogans that help you remember.  Such as:
  • “Just let it go.  It’s not the end of the world.”             
  • “I don’t have to like everyone; just love them.”
  • “What difference will this make in 24 hours?”
  • “I don’t have to win, just finish the race.”
5. Enjoy the little things in life.
6. Focus on the needs of others; get out of yourself.
7. Pursue your passion.  Find out what “good works” God put you here to do, and go for it.  (Ephesians 2:10)

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