I have been told, “Don’t Worry about Tomorrow” but what does that really mean? I do not remember a time in my life when I didn’t worry about something. If there wasn’t anything specific to worry about, I can most certainly create something. I worry about being late, I worry about being too early, I worry about what to cook for dinner and the list could go on and on. Simply put, I have the “worry gene”.
It doesn’t matter how large or small, I can worry over it like my life depends on it. I have just always been that way. In school, I worried that people didn’t like me and as a young adult, I worried about how I looked. As a mom, I worried about my kids and as a Christian, I worry if I am serving God like I should be.
Don’t Worry about Tomorrow
Some of my most time consuming things to worry about is what might happen in the days to come. For example, I worry if my health will allow me to go to the high school football game on Friday night. Sound silly? Of course it does but it doesn’t stop there. I will literally worry about what clothes I am going to wear to that game, worry about how much energy it will take to walk to the stands, worry about what will happen if I have a Hemiplegic Migraine while I am there. An event that is supposed to be fun suddenly becomes a load of bricks weighing on my chest.
This tendency to worry about everything is a battle for me everyday and I am not as bad as I used to be. I have learned to talk myself “down off the ledge” so to speak and calm myself. I have learned to use positive words to help me stop this cycle. There are many verses in the Bible that talk about not worrying or not being anxious and they are perfect. I want to share one of them with you and tell you why it is the one that I say the most.
Why We Are Not Supposed to Worry
The Bible says 365 times that we are not to be afraid or be fearful. There is a very thin line between worry and fear and it is easy to cross that line without even realizing it. The verse comes from the Book of Matthew.
I love this verse because if its simplicity. There is no need to guess what it means because it is self explanatory. How much more clear can it be than DO NOT WORRY? It really can’t be. But this verse goes into even greater detail and tells us what we should not worry about. We should not worry about tomorrow.
The wisdom in this verse is that it even tells you why you should worry about tomorrow! This verse says that each day has enough trouble of its own. What does that mean exactly? Since each day will have its own challenges, how are you going to meet them if you are tied up in the challenges of tomorrow? If I am sitting around worried about things that might not even happen then I am distracted and will not be able to function for the present day.
God is clearly telling us to focus our attention on what is happening rather than what might happen. So do not worry about tomorrow and handle the challenges that are in front of you at this moment. That is why this verse is my absolute favorite verse to say out loud on days when I am worrying way too much.
Do you have a verse or phrase that you say to yourself when you are worrying too much? Leave your answer in the comments below!
Sometimes it helps to have a book or devotion to help you understand God’s Word or to help you go deeper. Here are a few books that addresses worry, fear, anxiety. I hope you find something here that will be useful.
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