Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus hits the nail. Worry is a state of getting concerned of tomorrow or the future. There is no worry if we don’t think about the future. Worry only exists in the future.
Therefore, the antidote of worrying too much is by not getting so entangled mentally and psychologically of the future. But it appears that it is not the case for most of us.
Almost everybody worries. And that is alright. Worry has an important function. It allows us to be more prepared of what we will do and because of that preparation mentally and physically, we get to make things excellently.
But when worry becomes dysfunctional and out of control, then it is not serving its purpose anymore. Many people, upon waking up in the morning, immediately think and worry about the day.
When such thinking propels us to be excited and motivated of our activities, then it is productive thinking. But if this gives us a sense of dread and affects our functioning, then such worry is unhealthy.
Worry is a major symptom in many psychological disorders. Disorders like anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive problems, etc., are serious and debilitating illnesses.
And so how do we manage worry? Jesus answers the question. He said, “Can any of you add a day to your life by worrying? Look at how the wild flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, that not even Solomon, in all His glory, was clothed like one of these.”
Jesus imposes a challenge to our way of thinking about life. And He provides practical evidence showing us that we are not totally in control. Therefore, we need Faith.
Faith is primarily a way of looking at life and a habit of thinking. It is focusing on what is good and positive and keeping our hopes alive despite otherwise. It is continually believing that our Father in Heaven considers us more valuable than the wild flowers.
Hence, we need to deliberately check our framework and the content of our thoughts. This is the only area where we at least have major control of. If we do not regularly examine our consciousness, we expose ourselves to the “thinking of this world”, a world of worry and anxiety.
Here is Jesus’ concrete cure to worry. He said, “Set your heart, first, on the kingdom and righteousness of God; and all these things will also be given unto you.”
There you are. Worrisome thoughts have no place in a mind busy seeking the righteousness of God because in Him, there is everything.
Have a worry-free Sunday everyone.