Can we all just go ahead and agree right now that worry is a useless and counter-productive exercise? Especially when you are worrying about things you can’t control. Look at the goldfinch in the photo above. Do you think he’s worried?
The fact is that the list of what you can’t control is endless but might start something like this:
You can’t control…
- the weather
- the stock market
- the national debt
- whether North Korea launches missiles
- the tides
- what someone may think about you
- meteors hurtling through space
- the mistakes you’ve made in the past
- what tomorrow may (or may not) bring
All these things and so many, many more are totally out of your control. Deal. With. It.
Now, that that’s out there, let’s focus on what you do control. You control this minute. Right now.
Marcus Aurelius said it like this, “Every man lives only this present time, which is an indivisible point and all the rest of his life is either past or uncertain.”
Jesus said it this way,
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and your body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.”
Stop worrying. Stop over thinking. Stop playing out all those worthless scenarios. God will take care of you. Own that. Take control of this minute right now. What are you doing, or thinking, or saying that you need to change? Are you seeking Him first?
Take control of that.