Choosing Hope Over Worry

The verb worry is defined as giving way to anxiety or unease; allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.

Jesus advices us “don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matt 6:34.  

Sometimes things are said over and over again until we almost don’t hear it any more. Its good advice but its already been said a million times. I think that’s what happens sometimes when we hear the timeless truth Jesus spoke in scripture. But if we choose to heed its advice, we can take a huge load off our backs. 

According to statistics the world is worried about political corruption and financial poverty followed by crime and violence. But within the walls of many homes there are those worries and many more. There is worry about a loved ones’ health or having to cope with a death in the family. Parents are dealing with runaway teens or addiction problems. Others are struggling with mental health and depression. The list of things to worry about can go on for days. 

The bible says today has enough worries. Does it? Does your today have enough to keep you occupied for its remaining hours? Mine does. Jesus asked “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” I can’t. Can you? 

Sometimes life can be ugly and messy. It can be sad and discouraging. The worst part of all is that we can hide it. We can disguise our misery and feign our happiness behind luxury homes, fancy cars, and beautiful “no filter” selfies.  The deception is real.  

The good news is that God is real.  

Hope is real.  

Restoration is real.  

Healing is real. 

 Joy is real.  

Jesus said the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But he came so that you may have life, and have it more abundantly. John 10:10 

I’m not saying that believing in Jesus Christ will make all your problems go away. Mine certainly haven’t disappeared. Jesus never promised and easy life but he did promise that if you believe in him you will be free, whole and have everlasting life. And I can testify to that. 

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