I am a worrywart. I once had a small bruise on my leg and after hours on the Internet I was worried about everything from leukemia to scurvy. My husband laughed as he jokingly said that I should stop hanging out with pirates.
Worry is a funny thing, isn’t it? It’s like a small seed that can shoot up into a monstrous tree given time and attention. We fear many things. There are things we just can’t control (like cancer). There are also things we don’t feel qualified to control (like choosing the right major). When we become preoccupied with worry it affects our relationships and clouds our judgment.
The Bible couldn't be any clearer about worrying: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV)
If Scripture tells us not to be anxious, then why do we get butterflies and sweaty palms? Wiping every worry from your mind is easier said than done but it is not completely impossible. A mental shift like this doesn’t happen overnight. It’s an ongoing process that starts with you and your thoughts. Are you willing to give it a try?