A man who visited his doctor maintained he'd swallowed a horse and was referred to a psychiatrist who in turn recommended surgery. The surgeon thought he would bring a horse into the operating room so that when the man woke up he'd know the operation was a success. But after regaining consciousness, the man opened his eyes and announced, "That's the wrong horse. It's white. The one I swallowed was black!" Too much anxiety and not enough reality - it's why Christ talks to us so much about not worrying, (which also means to be divided or distracted).
So understand this about worry:
- Worry wastes your time and energy. Jesus said in Matt 6: 27 "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" It's a medically proven fact that worry won't lengthen or enrich your life, but it sure can shorten it.
- Worry stops you from enjoying what you have. How? By creating burdens the Lord never intended you to carry - because they're His to carry for you.
- Worry makes you feel less than you are. Jesus pointed out that you're worth much more than the birds of the air, and they don't worry or die from hunger; they simply enjoy life. So come on, if God takes care of them, don't you think He'll take care of you too?
- Worry makes you overlook God's promises. Romans 8:32 TM With God on your side like this, how can we lose? If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us?
Note the word anything. That covers whatever you're going through right now, plus whatever comes up in the future. So there is no need to worry.