It Really Is NOT Our Job to Worry!
Really. It isn’t. As much as we may think it IS…it is NOT our job to worry about things or people or circumstances 0r world events… Instead, we should focus on casting our care on the One meant to carry our burdens and anxieties.
Max Lucado put it this way: “Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems.” If you already feel like you don’t have the energy to get through the day, or constantly feel drained, then worry and anxiety are only going to exacerbate those issues.
I know – I’ve said it myself many times, that it’s a mother’s “job” to worry. However, numerous scripture verses refute that notion!
In addition, as mentioned in my blog intro, author Max Lucado offers some insightful comments on the topic of worry and anxiety in his book “Traveling Light” (NOT an affiliate link):
“Worry is the burlap bag of burdens. Cumbersome. Chunky. Unattractive. Scratchy. Hard to get a handle on. Irritating to carry and impossible to give away.
No one wants your worries. Sadly, worrying is one job you can’t farm out, but you can overcome it. There is no better place to begin than ‘beside the still water,’ where the Shepherd leads.
No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. Worry divides the mind. The biblical word for worry (merimnao) is a compound of two Greek words, merizo (to divide) and nous (the mind).
Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems. Part of our mind is on the now; the rest is on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.
Anxiety is an expensive habit. Of course, it might be worth the cost if it worked. But it doesn’t. Our frets are futile. Jesus said, ‘You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it’ (Matthew 6:27).
Worry has never brightened a day, solved a problem, or cured a disease.”
So what do YOU think?
Do you tend to make it your “job” to worry?
Have you ever experienced the draining effect of anxiety and worry?