Are you a chronic worrier ? Worrying is learned behaviour, and can be unlearned. Usually someone ‘learns’ this unhealthy thinking pattern from someone in one’s family of origin.
I was not much of a worrier, until several years ago. Some people accuse me of being ‘lazy’, but I resist that label ! Instead, I explain that I have a ‘ Type B,’ easygoing personality.
However, this changed the day our son arrived at our house riding the new racing motorcycle he had purchased for himself. I was aghast ! I examined the extremely powerful bike with its thin smooth tires, and my peace disappeared. Soon my mind was filled with images of accidents, injuries, pain, and a mother’s tears. I understood the feeling of extreme worry then.
The Bible is filled with dozens of verses telling us not to worry. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, does not want his followers to feel anxious.
There are aspects of pride involved in worrying too, since we somehow think that by ‘worrying’ about a situation, we can somehow control it.
What self-inflicted emotional pain we cause ourselves, when we project ourselves into the future, pondering : “what if ?”. Instead, we should stay in the present moment and focus on “what is”.
The verse that helped me when I was in my racing bike worrying state was I Peter 5:7.
The Lord invites us to cast our cares on him, and he will carry them for us. We live in a fishing village, where fishermen cast nets. I could identify with this image, and it helped me. In time, God calmed my worries, but I prayed continually for the safety of my son, and all others who ride motorbikes.
There were no accidents, or mother’s tears .
Three years later, my son sold that fast, flashy bike which had taught me a lesson about the futility of worrying.
May God grant us peace, and an increasing sense of calm, as we begin 2020.