Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why Worry?

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Why do we worry?  An age-old question to which no one has come up with a satisfactory answer.  Speculations include anxiety or fear, stress, negativity, insecurity, and any number of other issues that might bring a person to the threshold of worry.  There are indeed some good reasons perhaps to worry, among them some faced by people in our society today:  homelessness, hunger, joblessness, loss of retirement savings and others.

My mother was the consummate worrier.  She worried about things that were already past and whether she could have done something differently.  To those worries, she added those thing that had not happened yet.  And to the top of that pile, she added her worries for today.  Mama was a hand-wringer, had a quick Irish temper, and yet a faith as strong as Gibraltar.  

She would have told you that the verse above from Matthew 6:26,

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

was something you could take to the bank and rely on as long as the earth spun on its axis.  Yet, she continued to worry and unfortunately her worrying taught each of us three kids to worry and even some of the grandkids.

I wish I knew the answer to the question of why worry, but I don't.  I do know that God placed in my life a man who has the ability to remain positive no matter the circumstances.  We married 30 years ago, and slipping the wedding band on my finger didn't change me.
During the first few years of our marriage, my husband gently and softly guided me into understanding just how much energy and how much of myself I was giving away to worry.  Just like mama, I worried about yesterday, today and tomorrow, even though tomorrow was still on the horizon.  Over time, I understood that he loved me so much that he wanted to see me give myself more to God, our family and especially to him and our partnership. 

I'm so glad I believed on this verse in Matthew, and I'm so glad that more than once my husband said to me, "You know you're behaving just like your mama, don't you?"  That would do it!
Q4U:  What do you worry about, or are you able to turn things completely over to God?


  1. Sherrey your new blog looks wonderful, so fresh! I'm glad I could finally stop by. My computer is still touch and go and at the moment I'm on my husbands. But I'll be by when I can.

    I've found that I worry less the more outward focused I am. My little mantra is "Eyes on Jesus." It helps, and I've come through so many challenges that the history of God's faithfulness encourages me for the future. I do have my slip up moments, and I always realize me eyes have left Jesus and are fixed on something else, usually me!

    1. Beck,it was so good to see you had dropped by. Glad you like the new look. Hope you're computer is up and running smoothly by now.

      I enjoyed reading that you deal with worrying less by keeping your focus outward. I'm borrowing your mantra, "Eyes on Jesus." That's what I need to do more. If we don't keep them fixed on him, our pat grows weary and crooked. And usually we are focused inward!


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