Do you ever notice the amount of time you spend worrying each day? It seams our mind can be in a constant state of worrying about what will be or what might happen. Most of my time as a Husband, Father, leader and business owner I have fallen into the trap of worrying about what I might be missing and not taking care of. Let’s remind ourselves: Conviction in our heart compels whereas guilt destroys our heart and is a lie. If left un addressed, this routine in our head grows into a false identity that we work to manage and becomes our identity. It isn’t living in the present and isn’t reality. Worry is the robber of the present. Its the robber of truth. In short, worry is a sign of not trusting.

Worry takes root in our thoughts as it pertains to all areas of our life. Some of these you might be familiar with :

Will I have the same job in the few months, next year?
How will I be able to provide for myself and family?
How can I make my business more money?
Worrying about the safety of your children while you are away.
Worrying about friends staying with you and trusting them.
Worrying if you will have enough money next week, next month etc.

I wanted to share what has liberated and set me free from worry.There is good news and truth you can use to extinguish the lies that are hurled at you daily as culture tries to rob you. As a child of God you have been bought with a price and cherished beyond measure. As His child, you are taken care of and have nothing to worry about. Easier said than done. However it boils down to believing. Here are the words that Jesus spoke that set it straight for me:

25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:25-34 The Message

So, what is worry’s biggest fear? Joy. What is the joy? The joy is knowing that you and I as his children are more valuable that the birds of the air, the lilies of the field. We can rest in knowing we are secure and that our needs will be met no matter how gloom or scary things look. Trust in the issue. Do we really believe it? I found my time is better used in believing and trusting than worrying. The joy is in knowing your life is priceless to Him, you are loved and will be taken care of. Thats great news.

What would a life without worry be like for you? Since you are taken care of and handled, what will you do with all the extra time? What steps can you take to remind yourself to not worry? I’d love to hear from you with a comment below.