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No Worries

Lisa R. Connors

Worrying can take its toll on your health and life. I know from experience. During my second year in college, I was working on campus, going to class, and moving in with a new roommate. I had broken up with my boyfriend and had started dating someone else in my hometown, so I was traveling home constantly. I wasn’t resting or taking care of myself. For me, the cost of too much worry was a nervous breakdown.

Giving Up Control

I worried about how I would get through this ordeal. Who would help me? Would my family be there for me? Could I go back to college? Who would understand what I was going through? I was worrying about things I could not control.

Up until then, I had known about Jesus; but I did not have a close, personal relationship with him. During my illness, I began to seek and find peace by focusing my life on Jesus Christ.

Learning to Trust

I learned an important lesson as I began to place my trust in God. I realized that God was the source of healing, understanding, and peace. There was no need for me to worry about issues I could not control. Allowing God to handle my problems was the solace I needed.

Reaching Out

I also learned that reaching out to others provides the healing I need in my life. Helping others allows me to focus on their problems rather on my own. Giving of myself to other people is the medicine that no doctor or psychiatrist could prescribe. I have discovered that other people have problems worse than mine; giving of myself wholeheartedly has lightened my load of worry.

DIG DEEPER

MEMORIZE “THE SERENITY PRAYER”:

devozine Praying Teen EGirl TS 56382653God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things
I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one
       from the other.
              Amen.

If we trust God, we have no need to worry. (Read in Matthew 6:25–34 what Jesus said about worrying.) But when you do worry, these scripture verses can help:

  • When you feel that worrying has consumed you, read Psalm 46:10a (NIV): “Be still, and know that I am God.”
  • When you feel that you can’t go on, read Philippians 4:13 (NIV): “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
  • When you feel afraid, read 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV): “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
  • When you feel anxious, read 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV): “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
  • When you feel empty, read Philippians 4:19 (NIV): “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
  • When you feel weak, read Psalm 27:1b (NIV): “The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
  • When you feel defeated, read 2 Corinthians 2:14a (CEV): “I am grateful that God always makes it possible for Christ to lead us to victory.”
  • When you feel unwise, read 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV): “It is because of [God] that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God.”
  • When you feel frustrated, read Philippians 4:7 (NIV): “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Lisa R. Connors is the Associate Minister of No Greater Love Covenant Church in Washington, D. C.

— from devozine (November/December 2003). Copyright © 2003 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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