Worrying

Disclaimer: This post is from the archives, and may not represent the current views of the author. It also may not be at all interesting to read. Continue at your own peril!

Today was mildly interesting. The only thing worth mentioning is the fact that Mr. G changed the schedule and then screwed everyone all up by assigning something on a day that we didn’t have that class – the day before we had the class next, actually. That made for some angry/frustrated people, and I just didn’t really care, because I’m laidback like that. I got it done at lunchtime and at the start of the class and handed it in on time. Meh.

As for anything else that happened today, there really was nothing else. I stood outside in the freezing cold for about ten minutes waiting for my bus – and boy, was it cold. I’m glad it wasn’t later than it already was. But at least I caught the transfer to the next bus so I didn’t have to walk home. That would have been crazy.

Exams are coming up on Friday. Whoopee. I’m not too terribly worried, because I’m laidback like that, and because I’ve done them for three years. I really could care less as well, because my marks are good. I mean, I’ll still do well on the exams, but I just don’t have anything to worry about. Besides, what’s the point of worrying anyways?

“So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.

“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!

“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:25-34, NLT)

I think if Jesus said it, it’s good enough for me. Besides, it makes sense. Tomorrow’s another day with stuff that can be handled then. That doesn’t mean procrastination, it just means slowing down and taking things one day at a time. I have a pretty strict schedule, with school for six hours a day, work on random days for four or five hours, time to sleep, and then some homework thrown in there. I could get all stressed out about finishing an essay or a project because I have work to go to, and I don’t have time after work, blah blah blah. But you know what? I really don’t care. As long as I do my part and work as diligently as I can to make everything happen, I don’t need to worry about the rest of the pieces falling into place.

I wish some people would just let God be God and stop trying to take His position. You don’t need to control every aspect of your life by thinking 400 years into the future. You know what? One day at a time is so much easier. Planning’s awesome, but if you start worrying that one little thing is going to go wrong, then it’s only a recipe for disaster. Things go wrong. That’s life. Some you can control and some you can’t. I think the prayer for the Alcoholics Anonymous says it perfectly:

“God, Grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and Wisdom to know the difference.”

While I’m far from an alcoholic, this prayer is far from being specific to alcoholism. There are things that are under one’s control and things that are not. It does indeed take wisdom to tell the difference, but with that wisdom comes incredible release and peace. That wisdom frees us from all the stress we put on ourselves just by being busy. We schedule things here and there, we run around near and far, and never stop and take a breather, saying “God, I’m stressed out right now, and right now I need your peace. Just take all this pressure and get it off my back, because you told me to anyways.” After all, He told us, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” (1 Peter 5:7) I think that’s just awesome. Not only can He handle your worries much better than you can, but He wants to take it from us. I pity those who don’t believe in a God – they have no avenue of stress release. I mean, that’s not saying that’s all God is good for, but it’s one aspect of His character.

I suppose this turned out a little longer than I expected it to be, but oh well. I like discussing worry, especially when I have a cousin that always seems to be stressed out. I should probably print out that verse and pin it to her forehead or something, because it’s just something with which she constantly needs to remind herself. There’s some days where you just have to sit back, loosen your collar, and breathe a little. Praying helps as well to calm you down. It’s one of the coolest things about God that we often seem to forget – that he wants to give us stuff. If you sit down here on earth and say, “Why isn’t God blessing me?” the obvious answer is, “Well, did you ask?” He wants to just pour out a giant bucket of all his wisdom, joy, peace, love, and all the other awesome stuff you can think of, and all he’s waiting for is for you to ask for it. Sometimes I think we as Christians get too caught up in the judgment of God – we’re trying to be like Him and failing, and then we have to go talk to Him yet again to ask for forgiveness. But what we forget is that we’re His children, and He’s already said that nothing, nothing, nothing is ever going to tear you away from Him. Nothing you can do can bring you to Him, and once you’re there, nothing can ever take you away from Him. I just can’t even get over how awesome that is.

Anyways, I think that’s enough for tonight. Along the same lines as the above, I just finished reading 3 John today, and tomorrow I’m going to be starting into Revelation (I skipped Jude because I didn’t do the New Testament in order; there was a youth discipleship Bible study at my church on Jude so I read it multiple times then). Revelation should be interesting; I have a New Living Translation Bible that’s put out in a series called Life Application – they have a bunch of translations, but in each one they have notes at the bottom to expand on different verses and such. It’s a great tool, maybe not the best for in-depth Bible study, but good for my purposes. I’m interested to see what it will say about Revelation. It’s such a hard book to read, with so many metaphors and different interpretations, and I want to see what the author of the notes has to say about it. Should be good. Anyways, I’m out. Word to the homie G.

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