Why do we worry and stress so much?

Taking control of worry and stress as a Christian

One day my husband and I were casually chatting about life. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? With all the distractions in our world today, how could one possibly use ‘casually’ and ‘life’ in the same sentence!

Anyway we were pondering over this journey called life and asking ourselves why we stress so much. We stress about finances, our children’s education, our mortgage…and the list goes on.

Life can be so demanding that we tend to miss the precious moments.

“Why worry?”

In the midst of our discussion, my husband shared an interesting perspective with me. He told me about a neighbour he had growing up, who was always carefree and indifferent to life’s challenges.

When asked about something that would’ve been overwhelming to the rest of the world, his neighbour’s usual response was the same. “Why worry?” he would say in a casual, nonchalant tone.

My husband and I laughed as he shared this with me. However, I couldn’t help but find myself mulling over the words. “Why worry?” Two simple yet profound words caused me to put my own life in perspective.

Why do we allow negativity to step in?

If our Heavenly Father promises that He won’t leave us nor forsake us, then why do we allow negativity to step in?

Lack of self-worth

These are some of the ‘noises’ that plague us daily. But if we pause for just a moment and reflect on God’s promises, we should eliminate these thoughts (or at least reduce them). Easier said than done right?

You have authority!

We are spiritual beings first, with a human existence. Yet we tend to operate in the reverse.

We often allow our ‘humanness’ to take charge. But God gave us the authority to take control of our situations. He empowered us to move mountains. So why do we worry?

As believers we should be exercising our God-given authority… not succumbing to negativity. I was reminded of this in Psalm 55:22 to cast my cares upon God.

Living by this principle helps me to rely on His strength. His word gives me the courage and strength to keep going. Joyce Meyer also encourages us in her book, Battlefield of the Mind, to transform our lives by improving our thoughts.

How to enjoy life more abundantly

If we redirect our time and energy to meditating on God’s promises, we will enjoy life more abundantly.

You’re probably saying that this is not a simple exercise. That’s true, but I promise you it will get easier.

I remember going through a time in my life where all I could think about was finances.

My gas tank is almost on E. Where will I get money to fill it?
My credit card is maxed out. How am I ever going to get out of debt?
My children need school supplies but I don’t have the money.

And so on and so on!

I was using up a lot of my energy focusing on my financial position. You name it and I thought it! Then it happened, that moment when I was able to pull myself back, pause and shake off the negativity.

Once again I reflected on God’s word. If my God says to let my requests be known unto him (Phil 4:6), why am I spending all his time worrying?

That was the ‘aha’ moment I so desperately needed! When I changed my attitude from one of worry to one of praise and thanksgiving and hope, I started to see positivity increasing in my life.

Ask. Seek. Knock. (Matt 7:7)

That’s what God wants his children to do. So I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to guide and encourage you. Take time every day to meditate on His word and believe in His promises.

Stay positive!

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13 thoughts on “Taking control of worry and stress as a Christian”

  1. Dear Father God,
    I thank You Father,for the gift of this day.
    I still can see,hear,tough and walk in this beautiful morning,to see the sun rises in the morning.Amen.
    Thank you for all Your abundant blessing.
    Bring peace in my life,bless me with Your love,and be with me all of the time.Amen.
    Thank you,dear sister Ann Gondon.
    I love all of your beautiful prayers,full of God’s word.May God bless you today and always.Amen.
    In Jesus mighty name.
    Amen and Amen.

  2. I praise You my dear Father in Heaven,each and everyday.
    I surrendering all my life and my worry into Your gracious hand.
    Please bring me the peace of God,and be with me always in my everyday life.
    I promise to myself today,I will be obedience in Your word to do everything in my life,dear God,Amen
    Thank you Lord,for giving me more faith,more strength to fight all the problem in my daily life.
    In Jesus mighty name I pray.
    Amen and Amen.

  3. Arokiaswamy Chettiar

    We are not spiritual beings having a human experience. We did not exist as spirits and then become human. Only Jesus did that.
    We are 100% human with the Holy Spirit working in us if we allow that. Only at the resurrection will some of us become spiritual beings.

    1. First Thessalonians, 5:23 – And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. GOD BLESS YOU SISTER Desi-Ann Gordon FOR SHARING YOUR HISTORY! IT will be an encouragement to US! THANK YOU!!!!

  5. We are not spiritual beings having a human experience. We did not exist as spirits and then become human. Only Jesus did that.
    We are 100% human with the Holy Spirit working in us if we allow that. Only at the resurrection will some of us become spiritual beings.

    1. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny (1 Corinthians 2:15).

      But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

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