WHEN WORRIES CHAIN YOUR LIFE
Do you ever feel life is unfair? Do you ever worry about future things that are uncertain? In the book Preliminary Exploration of Worry: by Borkovec, it says: worry is a primary cognitive characteristic of anxiety and has been described as ‘a chain of thoughts and images, negatively affect laden and relatively uncontrollable’.
Research by Hirsch and Mathews in 2012 about A cognitive model of Pathological Worry (NCBI US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3444754/ ) gives the conclusion that repeated cycles of negative thoughts including factors processing biases, misdirected control and verbal encoding will lead to general anxiety disorder (GAD).
Actually worry is not a new problem in modern days. Far back, about 2000 years ago, people in Jesus’ time worried much about their life. Some made money their god and others made themselves as an idol. A lot of people worried to the point of suffering (until) they couldn’t sleep and were filled with hate, hurt, stress, depression, finally Today, we would call it GAD (General Anxiety Disorder).
What Jesus told them is how to stay worry-free and get a blessing from God. There are two things we should know about God’s heart. First, because we are precious in His sight (Matthew 6:26) and second is God has a good plan for us (Matthew 6:30). God values our life more than luxury things in the world. Jesus Christ wants, all of us to stay free of worries because the reality of our future world is in His powerful hand. We can plan to do something in the future but we can’t determine what will happen tomorrow. A fortune teller can’t even be sure about details in the future, but God can!
The Bible is not only theories about good living but it is about life with Jesus Christ! Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6a). If life is doubtful for us and we feel sour with heavy burdens, remember that JESUS is the one, who can make the blind see, lame walk, deaf hear, dumb speak, sick be healed and the dead raised to life!
If unhelpful worries chain your life, remember Jesus Christ. The Bible said “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34). Amen.
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, FOR TOMORROW WILL BRING ITS OWN WORRIES