The thin line between concern and worry
Is there really a difference between worry and concern? Is it possible to be concerned about an issue and not worry about it?
So what is the difference?
Concern could actually be useful. It spurs us on to get things done, to intervene, to make changes, to do better, act or think differently, to make adjustments and modify our approaches. The thing though is… there is a very thin line between concern and worry, and we can easily cross over this line without even knowing it.
How do we know when we are crossing this line?
Well, when we start to over-think the issue, feel anxious and nervous about it even after we have prayed about it.
God wants us to be concerned, but does not want us to worry…because worrying does not change anything except your blood pressure. Prayer on the other hand changes things. The bible says that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.
What is the root of worry? Why do we worry even after we have prayed?
Even if we know and believe that God is good, somehow, this tiny, minuscule, microscopic smudge of doubt challenges our faith and we wonder if God really cares for us…if really He has our best interest at heart…He is such a big God and sometimes we don’t think He could be bothered by our ‘little’ concerns.
But here is what you can tell that doubt when it arises: God said ‘ Come to me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I would give you rest’; ‘I will supply all your needs according to My riches in glory…’; ‘ Do not worry about anything, but through prayer and supplication, make your requests known unto God…’
Make sure that when you take your concerns to God, you leave them there!
“But the thoughts keep coming…how can I stop them?” You may say. Well, you can’t stop a bird from flying over your head but you can definitely stop it from making a nest in your hair!
Don’t dwell on it… or at least try not to. Every time it comes to your mind, say to yourself ” I have given it to God, and He would fix it.” Then take your mind away from it. God would honor your faith and come through…you’d see.