Remember that catchy tune from the late 1980s, Don't Worry Be Happy? What a spot on sentiment to remind us that this is the way God wants us to live.
Yet...sometimes it seems like we live in alarmist times. The stock market dips and threatens our economy. Storms ravish across our country leaving destruction in their wake. Life threatening viruses cross the county. Those are just a few of the bis issues that can cause anxiety. Smaller angst triggers may be safe childcare, loss of a job or how others perceive you.
Carolyn, the heroine in Lily of the Field is a worrier. She worries about everything, big and small. Her fears fuel her worry and makes her second guess every decision. Of course, like in real life, none of the things Carolyn worries about become reality and worrying about her problems, certainly doesn't make them go away. With a gentle reminder from God, Carolyn finally learns to trust God and let go of her fears and anxieties.
If only in real life it could be that easy! Sometimes it seems hard to get through one day without some kind of worry niggling your mind or heart. When that happens, make it a practice to give God your burdens and trust him to resolve all your issues. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us: "Don't fret or worry. Instead of working, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."
Worrying won't change the outcome of any situation, but prayer will! When your fears and concerns overwhelm you get in the habit of following the instructions in the Philippians verse, in no time you'll be a living sentiment of the song... Don't worry. Be happy now!
Everyone worries about something every now and then and everyone has a method of calming themselves down in those situations. What are some methods you use to calm yourself down in a worrisome situation?