Worries; they plague us every day. We worry whether we’ll be chosen for the school play or the football team, worry whether or not we’ll get that job, worry…the list goes on and on, with different things for different people. What’s the solution?
1. Prayer. That’s really the answer to almost all our problems. Just go to God in prayer. You might feel you aren’t making any progress on your knees by your bed or wherever you are. Why don’t you try having a conversation with God? Don’t act all stiff and recite lines; just speak to Him from your heart.
2. Family. If you’re having stress over worries, your parents are there to listen to and encourage you! Your friends, as well.
3. Bible verses. Memorizing certain ones is a good way to keep the Scripture in your heart, on call for when you need it. (It’d be a good idea to memorize John 3:16, at the least. A couple other favorite verses of mine are Joshua 1:9 and Hebrews 13:6). There are chapters in the Bible that talk about worries. Here is the first part of a passage I’ve memorized.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
That was Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV). God takes care of all the birds, from the sparrow to the eagle (and the ostrich, I suppose!). Will He not even more so take care of us? It also states, “Is not life more than food, and body more than clothes?” There is more to life than the need to sustain ourselves with food. There is more to our body than the need to cover it with clothes. Also, the last line, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” This means that, by worrying, do we gain anything? The answer, of course, is no.
The second part of the selection, Matthew 6:28-34 (NIV), says:
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
This has a second comparison. Although the flowers of the field do nothing, they are clothed with beauty, and “even Solomon in all his splendor was (not) dressed like one of these.” If God takes care of the bird, flowers, and everything else, why do we need to worry? As it says, “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith?” God cares for these flowers (or “grasses), which are “here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire”. This is basically saying that they (and their beauty) last for a day (or, in other words, a very short time). Yet he still makes them so beautiful! Wouldn’t he do the same and more for us?
My favorite part of that selection is the end. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Why worry about tomorrow when you are still in today?! God will provide for the future–there is no need to worry!
If this seems too ominous to tackle, just take your favorite verses out of it and memorize those. They will encourage you in times of worry! If you want to memorize the whole thing but aren’t sure how to go about it, here is a way that worked very well for me:
1. If you have a whiteboard, get that. If not, a paper and a pencil with an eraser will have to do.
2. Write the selection you want to memorize on the board.
3. Say it to yourself several times, until you feel like you’ve gotten the hang of it.
4. Erase a few words–one, two, three, it doesn’t matter.
5. Say the selection again. Now you have the blanks, so you will need to remember what was there before. Fill some words back in, if you need to.
6. Continue erasing and repeating the selection. Try recite it at least two times between erasing.
7. Keep going until you’ve erased all the words! Say it a few more times, and you’ve got it!
8. Try to recite the selection at least twice a week, so you won’t forget it.
Different ways work for different people, but I hope this helps!
So remember: God is always there to take care of you. There is no need to worry!
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