Today's Devotional Thought
January 16, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Do Not Worry
Have you ever done something or said something that you really weren't proud of when it was over? I'm sure you have. We all have. Unfortunately, I sometimes have that experience more than I would like to admit! In big and small ways, we all do things that we regret.
As a psychologist, it makes me think about the reasons we do things or say things that we may later regret. And, one thing that I have come up with as I have reflected on some of my incidents is that we so often do things out of fear of the unknown or fear of the "what if." We tend to think things could be true that aren't true. And then, we start to get anxious that they might come true. In our defense, we are usually worrying about something that we love very much. But in worrying about it, we act on the "what if." And, sometimes in doing so, we end up hurting someone we love, or damaging relationships, or saying/doing something that we wish we hadn't. All because we are worried about something that didn't even exist yet.
And then, guess what? We have now created a problem where no problem existed to begin with.
I think the biggest thing that I have learned in life is that you really shouldn't worry about things being true in the future that haven't even presented themselves as problems yet. I think, as women we tend to look months down the road and worry about what might be there. And then, we want to discuss it or do something today to try to fix it before it even exists to begin with.
I couldn't help but think of Matthew 6:34 today, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." No wonder the Lord told us not to worry about tomorrow. Because when we do, we have a tendency to act on that worry. And then, we create trouble today. And friends, today has enough trouble of its own!
The next time you find yourself worrying about something that hasn't happened yet and may not even be true, remember God's command to not worry about tomorrow. Oh sweet friends, worrying about the future creates so many problems as we begin to act on that worry. Just humbly and prayerfully bow before your king and submit to serving him today. Obey him today. Love him today. And follow him to the most certain future today.