Because you worry about something doesn’t make you weird, it just makes you human.
There’s plenty to worry about in life, especially in this season.
- Economic uncertainty.
The list is long.
No doubt, you are experiencing anxiety at some level. We all do. Whether it’s personally, societally, general or specific, worry is a constant factor in life.
At times in my life, I worry.
I've worried about something about our future. About our finances. About my health. About decisions I have to make. About my kids. About my wife. About relationships. About the church. About our world.
I’ve even worried about a cat showing up on my doorstep and refusing to leave.
(Those of you who know me will get that.)
If you’ve never been worried, then I’m worried about you! Worry is a natural response to things we cannot control, and even those things that we can. Just because you worry about something doesn’t make you weird, it just makes you human.
But, there is this strange passage in the Bible that says:
"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 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. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."
So - we all worry. But the Bible literally says “Don’t worry about anything”. How do we reconcile this when we so easily struggle with worry? Let's find out!
I invite you to watch “Winning Over Worry”, a series recorded earlier this year at Orchard Church: