Worry Steals Your Joy

When you worry, you're affected today because you're afraid about tomorrow.You don't know what tomorrow will bring. You don't know what might come your way. And it overwhelms you.

But it doesn't do you any good to be afraid about tomorrow or to worry about the future because worry doesn't change things.

One saying that has always stuck with me about worry is: "Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."

I went to Cracker Barrel the other day with my family. We went out to the porch, and I sat down in a rocking chair. I rocked and rocked, and when they called our name 20 minutes later I was still there in the same spot.

A rocking chair doesn't get you anywhere; neither does worry. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace..."

Worry doesn't change things; prayer does.

And one more thing:
Just two verses before those verses, Paul wrote, "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4 NLT).

The ideas of joy and worry are so close together in the letter that I can't help but think that Paul is making a connection between our experience of worry and our experience of joy.

You probably know this to be true.
When our worry is high, our joy is low.
It's hard to be joyful today when you're always worried about tomorrow!
But when our worry is low, our joy will be high.

So if you want to maximize your joy, you have to minimize your worry.

Give your worries to God because he cares for you (see 1 Peter 5:7).
Let him worry for you.
And besides, worry gets you nowhere.


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