Have you had your cup of worry this morning?
I ask, because lately, most of us wake up each morning, stumble into the kitchen, and pour ourselves a big steeping mug of hot worry. We allow it to trickle down our throats and sit like a rock in our stomachs for hours on end. And if we ever find ourselves getting to the bottom of our cup, don’t ‘worry,’ bottomless refills are available and waiting.
Over the years, Jaclyn and I have had plenty to fret over. We have several companies, many hats we both wear, and to top it all off, we have three kids who depend on us for love and guidance. Anything, at any time, could go wrong.
One of the best things we have done in our marriage is to lay our cup of worry at God’s feet. We choose not to allow that cup to runneth over and instead give it to God.
We’re by no means perfect at it. I sometimes find myself taking back the cup and gulping it down one mouthful at a time. I forget God’s words in Matthew 6:27: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” or Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
In spite of this, I know that worry is one of the most significant barriers to a relationship with God. Each time I take back the burden of worry, I find that I’m further away from God’s plan. I have divided my time and mind. I’m no longer looking toward God but instead looking inward, trying to figure out how I’M going to fix it. However, when I give it over to God, I find that the fixing is done for me, and the concerns are lessened.
So this week, I encourage you to unpack each worry and hand it to God in prayer. Worrying won’t fix your life, but God can do miraculous things if you allow Him to.