All right, I know its portrayed as a lazy way of life in a certain Disney film, but did you know that this is the way you are supposed to live? It's true! Look up Matthew 6:25ff. (come on, you've got Google at your finger tips, and I am mobile blogging!) Jesus gives us a whole list of things we shouldn't worry about, and follows it up with a reminder that our Heavenly Father will provide for us.
But if you are anything like me, not worrying is hard. It's probably the sin I struggle with the most. We are reminded in Phillipians 4:6 not to "worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." (HCSB). And if you can do this, do you know what God promises? Peace! Verse 7 goes on to say "And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
What an amazing, wonderful promise! The one thing a worrier like me never seems to have is peace. It seems like my first response to problems is to dwell on all the things that could go wrong. It becomes a habit, and the thinking patterns my husband refers to as "the dark place" becomes a well-worn path. The better worn the path, the easier it is to walk down. And do you know, Paul must have known that! In the very next verse he commands:
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable - if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise - dwell on these things.
So there you go. Anytime your mind starts to wander down unhealthy paths, keep this in mind. And remember: Hakuna Matata!