“Woe is me!” – an old fashioned saying, but one very often duplicated in modern lingo. Nobody ever intends to strike out – whether in baseball, a job interview, or with personal relationships. However, in this fallen world we all must eventually understand that some failures are inevitable. Determining acceptance of them and applying the knowledge gleaned to prevent repetition of the same mistakes is the ultimate key to remaining sane along the frequently bumpy roads of life. The alternative to following this basic advice could well be a recipe for further disaster – one that can all too soon spiral us continually downward into miry depression. May this worst case scenario never ever come to pass for those who discover here that much hope abounds!
The majority of people are well aware that genuine concern about an important matter is quite different from needlessly obsessing over a situation that may be at least partly beyond our control. Whether the unwanted outcomes are due to our choices, or those of others, we must – for the sake of our total health – deliberately forgive the errors and press on. Otherwise, there are more than a few detrimental ways that such negativity can affect our lives. We will explore some of these in the following segments – with a bold suggestion of a more ideal outlook for each rationale.
Worry is wrong. Indulging in the habit of dwelling on past regrets, recent losses, or current decisions actually culminates in a perpetually disturbed mind. Lingering in this mental state may often in turn negatively impact future circumstances. Christians generally realize that scripture clearly labels these thought patterns as sinful. This conclusion can be justifiably drawn because such preoccupation with hopelessness demonstrates a lack of faith in the One who is thoroughly sovereign over the entire universe. We humans are blessed beyond measure, having been made in the very image of almighty God. Even beyond that – He has graciously promised to work all things together for the good of those who love and serve His Son, Jesus Christ. If in believing this, we frequently reflect on how much He has already brought us through in life, our determination to persevere will always become greatly refueled.
Worry wastes time. Aside from recognizing that this mental strain is clearly displeasing to the Living God, we should also understand that it is always counter-productive. Someone estimated once that at least 80% of what we worry will happen never does. This means that a significant portion of our days could have been much better spent seeking wise counsel on how to move forward. Praying for guidance from the omniscient (all knowing) God is the very best use of time – especially when there is a confusing crossroad. He can lead us to the precise scripture or wise person to help confirm any important decision needing to be made. Beyond this, we can confidently proceed while fully trusting that God knows what is best for our future – and will work out any ‘kinks’ that arise along the road. All in all, this life is simply too fleeting for wasteful worry!
Worry wrecks health. Choosing to dwell on pessimism can actually rob the body and mind. Worriers many times find it difficult to sleep peacefully – often resulting in mood issues and even physical illness. There is a temptation to overeat so-called ‘comfort’ foods, which further harm the health. Some may even revert back to old destructive vices like drug usage. Though perhaps legal, this is not the path for progress. These non-remedies may include insomnia meds – or even boosted caffeine intake for morning alertness after those frequent sleep-deprived nights. Increased consumption of stimulants, pharmaceuticals, and especially depressive alcohol – only compound the detrimental effects of already difficult mental stress. A prayerful, optimistic outlook – along with some naturally calming foods or supplements will prevent all of these unnecessary and often destructive diversions.
In closing, we all would likely agree that most people of this day and age have their share of on-going challenges – typically involving relations, health, jobs, or fiscal concerns. Furthermore, when looking at the bigger picture of the world beyond our immediate sphere of influence, the status of humanity in general can seem even more harrowing. We feel concern about what the distant future will hold for our children – especially when our nation repeatedly installs evil leaders. Surely, each generation before us wondered about such issues as well. Even so, those with strong faith in the Lord God persevered and allowed Him to work out the problems beyond their capability to solve. If we, as believers in a “worry-free” eternity, will follow suit , our “home run” to heaven will be less hindered and become much more fruitful – maybe even with fewer ‘strikeouts’ along the way!
Quote of Quotes: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?… But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness… do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:25-34
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