The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“Do not worry” (Matthew 6:34)

    Do not worry! How easy to say, but often how difficult to put into practice. The trouble with worry is that when it gets a grip it's very hard to get rid of it. So, it would be better if we didn't start worrying at all, rather than having the very difficult job of trying to stop it after it has started.

So, what is worry? Worry is anxiety about what might happen. Think about the thoughts that go through your mind: What will happen..? What will she say? What will I do about that? How will I cope? It's all about a future we haven't reached yet. We can't do anything about these situations because they haven't happened yet. Worry can keep us off our sleep, off our food, can give us physical ailments and generally have a detrimental effect day after day, including affecting our relationships and friendships. We become tense and find it impossible to enjoy life as before.

Worry, from a Christian point of view: As Christians, we have put our lives into God's care and protection; we trust Him to look after us in every situation – and we have read of or heard many testimonies telling of the intervention of God just at the critical moment. So, to worry is to say to God, “I'm not trusting You to look after this event in the future that hasn't happened yet!” It's absurd, isn't it? We know from the experience of ourselves and others that He won't let us down. Oh yes, we might have to go through deep waters from time to time, but He's promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5), that the waters would not go over us (Is 43:2) and to cast all our cares upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

So, how do I stop worrying? Live in the present day. If a negative, worrying thought keeps trying to get into your mind refuse to think about it. Find a verse or a phrase that you like to use to push it out (e.g. “Jesus said, 'Let the days worries be sufficient for the day'!” Matt 6:34). Distract yourself by filling your mind with something else and with a smile, cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you! It definitely works. Sitting near you in Church will be someone who used to worry about everything and nothing and is now free from it. It could soon be you!