Before you get started reading, I want to ask you to do three things. First, look at your calendar and see what the date is. Second, look at your watch or a clock to see what time it is. Third, answer this question: What were you worrying about in 2011 at this exact date and time?
Most people have a little trouble answering my question. If you can remember what you were worrying about, I hope you discovered that all that worrying didn’t really change the outcome of your situation.
People worry about all sorts of things. Some people get depressed because they worry about what they perceive to be impending doom. I know some people who worry themselves into anxiety attacks because they are focused on what might potentially happen. Anger, shame and guilt can also be the results of thoughts that focus on catastrophic thinking (thinking in terms of always, never, should have and oughts).
The truth is, sometimes people worry themselves sick. Worry and stress have been linked to a higher risk for illness, including conditions such as obesity and hypertension. Some people attempt to manage their proclivity to worry through self-help techniques.
While self-help measures can be very beneficial, I put a priority on the principles of Scripture. In the case of worry, I like Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I hope the words of Charles Mayo are thoughts that will keep you thinking: Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the health. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.