How much time do you spend worrying? Really, think about it. When you go to sleep at night, are you worrying about the future and the hypothetical things that might happen? It’s hard not to, that’s for sure. But there are at least two reasons that you should really strive to not worry about the future.
“Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul except sin. God commands you to pray, but he forbids you to worry.” – St. Francis de Sales
First, worrying can show a sort of lack of trust in God. That’s not to say it’s a conscious thought of distrust, but if we really trusted God with our future and our lives, we wouldn’t worry so much about it! Next time you’re starting to have anxiety, give it to God. Pray for the strength and the courage to overcome the obstacle, and then let it go and trust that God is in control. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely something we all can work on.
Second, worrying isn’t good for our own peace of mind. As human beings, we could spend hours worrying about anything, thinking about potential scenarios and things that will never happen. But what good does it do to waste our time worrying, when it doesn’t do anything to help the situation? Jesus calls us to have peace and to do what gives us peace. I don’t know about you, but worrying has never given me peace – it’s usually a slippery slope.
So what do we do about this? How do we stop worrying? First and foremost, place your trust in God. Trust Him to hold the future in His hands. Then after that, when you find yourself worrying, think rationally about the situation and just do what you can about the situation. As the Serenity prayer goes, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” Just do what you can do about the situation, and trust God with the rest.
Give it to God, and not only will that increase your trust in Him, but it will give you peace.