Let's Be More Than Worriers, Okay?

I ratted myself out to my email friends this week: by nature, I’m a total worrywart.

Can you relate?

Why do we worry, anyway? When we worry, we feel comforted. Huh? Sounds weird, right? But the truth is, worrying gives us a false assurance that we are actually doing something. Too bad the only thing worrying does is steal us from the present.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anything plucking me from the current moment. I want to live intentionally and to soak up the beauty of every single second of life.

Which means we can’t be the worrying kind.

Before you start worrying about worrying, take a deep breath and let's do something about it!

1. EVICT YOUR WORRIES.

If your mind is a landlord, it’s renting out rooms to every single thought you have. Why continue renting to the tenant who tears up the place and keeps you up all night long? Evict your worries! Shoo away a worry the second it finds you. Entertaining your worry won’t magically make it turn into a good tenant who pays its bills on time and delivers homemade goodies to the other neighbors. Make up your mind to begin to catch your worries and stick to it. You’ll be amazed how quickly your thinking will begin to transform.

2. MAKE A WORRY LIST.

Grab a piece of paper, set a timer for at least five minutes, and write down every single worry you have right now. Fold the list in half, put it somewhere safe, and revisit it at the end of the week. How many of your worries actually came true? Maybe some of your worries were legitimate, but most of them weren’t, were they? Did worrying about these things happening change anything? Sometimes just realizing how much (unnecessary!!!) attention we give to worrying is enough to help us snap out of it!

3. BE A TATTLETALE.

I love this quote: “Worrying is like praying for what you don't want.” Nobody really wants to pray for what they don't want, do they? But that’s exactly what worrying is, my friends. Instead of praying for worry, let’s just pour out our hearts to God and be done with it. While it’s true that worrying changes nothing, it’s also true that prayer changes everything. So let’s get after it. If someone’s bothering you, instead of worrying about them, tattletale on them to God. I’m grateful nobody else ever has to hear my prayers but God because I straight up tattle on people kindergartener-style to Him all the time. But once the tattle telling is out of my system, I am able to move on because I know he’s got my back. I don’t have to worry about the person involved anymore because it’s now God’s business, not mine.

4. YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE.

So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever {2 Cor. 4:18 NLT}. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that this current moment is just a small fraction of what it’s all really about. In Jesus, we already have everything we could ever need. We’ve already won because of him. When the current moment feels incredibly overwhelming, ask God to help you look at it through the lenses of eternity. It’s helped me a time or two and has helped me remember that he’s in the thick of it with me!

THE TRUTH IS, FRIEND? WE AREN'T MEANT TO BE WORRIERS. WE'RE MEANT TO BE WARRIORS! 

Put these 4 steps into practice and be the warrior - not the worrier -  you were born to be!