By Zachary Ludden
Let’s face it, life sometimes feels like it’s going ninety miles an hour. We rush from work to home to soccer game to party to store in the race to get ahead in life. We stress about bills, we complain about the price of gas, and we try to stay ahead of life’s next demand. It’s easy to get stressed out about it all. We worry about everything under the sun as if our worry could change one thing.
I’m a professional worrier. If worrying was an Olympic sport, I’d definitely get gold. I worry about always being on time, I worry about what people think of me, I even worry about work so much that I start to dream about it. We all worry about something whether it’s important or insignificant. But worry can be a trap designed to snare us into focusing on physical things rather than spiritual ones.
So what do we do with our worries? Do we just push them down inside and illegitimize them? Definitely not! The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God doesn’t want you to worry, but He doesn’t want you to just stuff it down deep inside either. He wants you to talk to Him about it. He wants you to let go of it to Him. When I keep worrying about something and won’t give it to God, I’m telling Him that I don’t trust Him with that situation. I could worry about work, or I could give it to God and simply do my best for Him. (Col 3:23) I could worry about what people think of me, or I could instead focus on how God sees me. (1 Sam. 16:7)
No matter what the situation is, I can either try to take it myself, or give it to the One who knows more than I ever will. Once you stop focusing on the million-and-one things on earth that you could worry about, it leaves you with the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.
After all, Jesus said: “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).
Zachary Ludden is the youth pastor at the Church of Christ. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2909.
Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.