Words for the Worried

Funny, the things that stick in my head…(Quotes in italics below, my take in parentheses)

  • A line from “Imagination Movers,” the latest Nick and Kate video fad: “We had a problem, but we figured it out!” (Isn’t that, by God’s grace, true of most of our problems? How quickly we forget the last solution when the next problem arises!)
  • An editor’s comment over dinner at a writers’ conference: “My mom worries all the time, so I told her, ‘Mom, worry does not burn calories!’” (This makes a good point. Worry never does any sort of good.)
  • A line from my pastor’s Ky’s recent sermon: “We are here to serve, not to solve…We can’t be God in another person’s life.” (How often do we get all wrapped up in worry about how someone else’s life is turning out, and about how we can fix it?)
  • From Pastor Matt: “Anxiety is an enemy of intimacy with the Lord.” (Now that’s convicting!)
  • Paul to Timothy: “God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear.” (Typical Paul. Blunt. True.)
  • David Jeremiah (paraphrased): “What we’re really saying is our version of, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, and I’m going to fail this test.’” (What’s your version of Psalm 23?)
  • Uncredited, but probably my lifegroup leader: “What you worry about most is what you trust God with least.” (Ouch.)

So what are we to do?

  • Father Tim in a Mitford book: “‘Don’t worry about it.’ That sounds trite, but it’s what Jesus said!” (It does sound simple, doesn’t it? I suppose all obedience sounds simple, even though it isn’t always easy. But, Jesus did indeed say those words, and he always equips us to follow him.)
  • Joseph Prince (in “The Real Story” via YouTube): “Look around, you’ll be distressed. Look within, you’ll be depressed. Look at Jesus, you’ll be at rest.” (That old hymn, “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” speaks volumes in the title alone!)
  • Paul Washer: “Preach the scriptures to your heart.” (Now that’s some serious worry-busting advice!)
  • Oswald Chambers: “Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is!” (Enough said!)



1 thought on “Words for the Worried

  1. Trust this is encouraging along those lines: Lamentations 3:19-26 (and our “remembering” can be of anything in our life that doesn’t line up with His plan). Blessings, dear friend!!

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