This is perhaps my biggest struggle, and quite possibly something I will always have to work hard at overcoming. I am a world-class worrier. According to Webster’s Dictionary, worry is “to feel or express concern or anxiety.” But when looked at through a spiritual lens, I think some good descriptions of worry are:

  • Lack of faith
  • Denial of the sovereignty of God
  • Arrogance/pride in our own ability to control and “fix” things

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” 

Matthew 6:31-34

Jesus very clearly tells us “don’t worry,” and yet this is an area of disobedience that is not usually considered to be a sin. I’ve actually thought in the past that my penchant for worrying was a strength, because I will obsess about a problem until I finally come up with a solution – therefore, I saw this as “good problem solving.”

What I failed to consider was the hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of times that I spent hours worrying about something that didn’t matter, or worrying about something that never even became reality. Imagine all that could have been accomplished in those hours that are now just wasted. Not only did they accomplish nothing, but I was actually harming myself spiritually by worrying instead of trusting God in those situations. That is certainly not “redeeming the time” (Ephesians 5:16). I think it will take a lot of practice and prayer to overcome this weakness, and I pray that with time my response to worry will be like King David in Psalm 56:3-4, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

*I would like to qualify that this post is not directed at those with clinical anxiety – this is about my own issues with worrying, which stems from a worldly mindset that needs to be reworked. I am no expert on mental health and am not here to add an extra sense of guilt or shame to anyone’s struggles.*