Rhon’s Inspiration Station: Stop Worrying
Think about what is written below and STOP WORRYING
Author: MARIE CHAPIAN
WORRY WASTES TIME! WORRY CANNOT produce good fruit – the only fruit we reap from it is more worry. It can become a way of life. We worry whether someone will like us, if we will do a job well, if we can pay our bills each month, if our health will fail us. We worry about war, prices, traffic, germs. We worry if we gain or lose a pound. We become consumed.
Thousand of people have lost weight on the popular “Free to Be Thin” (Bethany House, 1979 program. As coauthor of the books, I receive many letters. One woman who lost 70 pounds wrote , “I have a new life. I no longer have to hide, lie or cheat, I eat healthy foods. I have more energy than ever and I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life. ” But then she added “One worry consumes me. Will I gain back the weight?”
I see worry every where. Each time it reminds me of Lamentations 3:22-23:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Worry can consume us like fire—–like a pile of smothering embers that quietly destroys everything around. Because we worry, we work hard to get ahead, do well and avoid pain. BUT
our efforts may fail. Only the compassion of the Lord will never fail. His faithfulness is monumental, majestic, true and permanently dependable.
The woman who feared gaining weight needed to trust on Lamentations 3:22-23. When she fully grasped that she was not alone in her desire to be healthy and strong- that the Lord was blessing her to that end- she began to trust his faithfulness. Each morning she dedicated her whole self to the glory of God and each morning she discovered his compassion to be new and fresh.
Now, five years later, she still has not gained weight and she has learned some valuable spiritual lessons. This woman can sing, along with all of us who offer up our whole selves to God, “GREAT IS YOUR FAITHFULNESS”.
Refuse to worry!In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry. That is the nature of a fallen, fractured planet: Things are not as they should be.
So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm its way into your mind. The best defense iscontinual communication with Me, richly seasoned with thanksgiving.
Awareness of My Presence fills your mind with Light and Peace, leaving no room for fear.
This awareness lifts you up above your circumstances, enabling you to see problems from My perspective. Live close to Me! Together we can keep the wolves of worry at bay.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.