Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
— Matthew 6:27 (AMPC)
We often tell people not to worry, and when we are worried, they tell us the same thing. But not worrying about a problem we cannot solve is not easy. I’ve been teaching people not to worry for many years, and I have finally realized that the only way they will ever stop worrying is to fully realize that worry does absolutely no good.
Worry makes people do some things that can be very detrimental. It makes people anxious and nervous, and it causes us to be tense and often difficult to get along with. It can even cause a variety of health problems, some of which can be serious. Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair all day—it keeps you busy but gets you nowhere.
I also think we must realize that we cannot change our situation, but God can. Let us use the energy we spend worrying to trust God and wait on Him because what is impossible with human beings is possible with God (Luke 18:27).
Prayer Starter: Father, I don’t want to waste my time worrying, because I know it doesn’t do any good. Help me release my concerns to You so You can take care of me. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.