Sherrie Lambert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Worry. There is a huge difference between worry and concern. Worry is contaminated faith. When you worry you are giving the problem power. The problem becomes the focus of your energies, and your energies then are simply wasted.
In Matthew 6:27 Jesus asks us, " Which of you by taking thought (worrying) can add one cubit unto his stature (moment to his life)?" Worry changes nothing. In fact worry has in itself the ability to immobilize us. Worry is fear based ... concern is faith based.
To be concerned about a troublesome circumstance is natural. Troubles don't go away if you ignore them, and problems don't solve themselves. Concern is a mature, responsible reaction when confronted with a negative situation. To understand the difference between worry and concern is one thing, the hard part comes in the choices you have to make concerning the two.
Your first choice comes when you are told about the problem. The doctor, boss, bill collector told you something troublesome, and you heard what that person had to say. Do you just hear what's being said, or do you 'listen'? There is a difference you know. You can't help but hear, whether it is an unidentifiable noise or a spoken word. There's a sound and you have ears to hear. Your choice here is whether or not to just hear, or whether to also listen. When you hear you become concerned and then take positive actions to correct the situation to the best of your ability. If you choose to listen, in actuality you are taking the bad report to heart and the futile effort of worrying begins, which changes nothing.
Your next choice is fear or faith? Fear is torment. It immobilizes, and it is self-defeating. Faith is hope. It springs eternal in the Believer based on the promises of God. There is peace in faith and there is rest in faith. Faith gives the problem to God. Faith is not based on our ability to believe, rather faith is based on trust in Gods ability period!
Got a worry ... get in the Word. Feed your faith and starve your doubts to death. In this life we will never be without problems, and some problems have no earthly solution. Why worry then? You're not a robot ... it is more than okay to be concerned, but as a Believer remember, ultimately our problems are in God's hands.
Choose to do what you can to correct the situation, then give the situation to God. I know one thing if I know nothing else ... as a Believer God is in control of my life. So, I don't know what the future holds ... but I know Who holds the future. Psalms 34:17 "The righteous cry, and the Lord hearth, and delivers them out of all their troubles." There is great peace in that my friend.