HOW TO WORRY LESS
AND ENJOY LIFE MORE
1. A few years ago, I spoke to a young woman at the Central Dallas Food Pantry about her life. She came to the food pantry because she had no food, no money, and no place to live. She had no family except for a husband who was in prison. She was alone and poverty stricken. On top of all that, she had a liver disease that was slowly taking her life.
2. During our conversation, I asked her how she was holding up during this difficult time in her life. She unbelievably said, “I am not worried about my life, because I know that God will take care of me.” This woman, who had many problems, worried very little about her sad conditions.
3. You know, it is amazing how some people who suffer a lot worry very little while others who suffer little worry a lot.
4. How about you… Do you worry a great deal? Do you have a runaway mind that tends to gravitate towards the worries of life? In other words, are you a worrywart?
5. What does the Bible teach on the subject of worrying?
6. The Bible instructs us not to worry.
7. Here are some of the dangers of worrying too much.
a. Worrying can damage our health.
(1) Medical experts tell us that prolonged worrying or anxiety can lead to serve physical problems. It can produce (ulcers, headaches, backaches, change of blood pressure, heart attacks, and depression). Worrying can become crippling if it is not properly controlled.
b. Worrying can disrupt our spiritual productivity.
(1) When worries consume our thoughts, we tend to focus only on those worries. By doing this, we tend to leave the Lord and His Will out of our lives. We find little time for prayer; reduced time in Bible study; and reduced interest in church worship services.
c. Worrying affects the way we treat others.
(1) When we worry a lot, we tend to be harsher towards our family, friends, and co-workers. We get so wrapped up in our worries, that we lash out to those we love the most.
8. You see, worrying doesn't accomplish much. Someone has said, “Worrying is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”
THIS MORNING I WILL OFFER THREE WAYS ON HOW WE CAN WORRY LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE.
I. FIRST, TO WORRY LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE WE MUST REPLACE WORRY WITH PRAYER.
1. We must turn our worries into prayer! When we do, the Bible says that God's peace will sooth our hearts.
2. You see, God wants our problems. He wants us to lay our worries in His lap.
3. But after we give our worries to God, we must leave it in His hands. We cannot start worrying about it again. God will take care of it.
A few years ago, the Father of a friend of mine, was given only a few months to live because of heart trouble. He was on a long waiting list for a heart transplant, so his chance for survival was not very good.
One day he came to the office where I worked and I asked him how he was coping with his situation. I will never forget what he said to me. He told me that he felt very peaceful, because he prayed a lot to God. Instead of constantly worrying about receiving a transplant, he gave his worries to God. Since then, he had the transplant and is doing well.
4. Turning our worries into prayer works, but we must leave it in God’s lap and refuse to allow it to plague our minds.
II. SECOND, TO WORRY LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE WE MUST LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME.
1. In (Mt. 6:34), Jesus offers us some wise words to live by. “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
2. Sometimes we spend too much time worrying about the past and the future. We play the “what if” and “if only” games.
a. What if I get cancer, what will I do?
b. What if I get fired, what will I do?
c. What if my children grow up & leave the Lord, what will I do?
d. If only I would have taken that other job.
e. If only I were rich.
3. If we are constantly worrying about the past and future, then we are wasting precious time.
4. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that we can plan for the future and learn from our past. It’s OK to be concerned about our retirement, or planning for our family encase of an early death. It’s OK to set future goals. However, it is not wise to constantly worry about these things.
5. Jesus tells us to live one day at a time, because each day has enough problems to face.
III. LASTLY, TO WORRY LESS AND ENJOY LIFE MORE WE MUST STOP WORRYING ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE OUT OF OUR CONTROL.
1. We must stop worrying about:
a. What people think and say about us.
(1) This is probably one of my biggest worries. After I preach a sermon, I sometimes worry about what the audience thought of my message. However I am not a mind reader. Your thoughts are out of my control. So why should I spend time worrying about your thoughts! I know that some people will agree and like some of the messages but I also know that some people will dislike it and talk critically about me.
(2) We cannot worry about what others think and say about us.
b. The end of the world.
(1) The end of the world is out of your control. For the Bible says, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mt. 24:36).
(1) The fear of death is the number 1 phobia in the world. We are all going to die physically. Death is a part of life. For Christians, death is victory. So we shouldn’t allow death to plague our minds.
2. Brethren we cannot worry about things that are out of our control. Its unproductive.
When John Jacob Astor heard that his ship “The Tonquin” sank in the Pacific Coast, he knew his investment was lost. But even after learning about the disaster, he still went to the theater.
When a friend who knew of the disaster asked how he could receive such news then attend light amusement, as if nothing had happened, Astor replied, “What would you have me do? Would you have me stay at home and worry and weep for what I cannot control?
3. When things happen to us that are out of our control we must not set back and pout and worry about it excessively, instead we are to give our worries to God and trust that He will make things better for us.
1. In closing, if we want to worry less and enjoy life more, then we need to do at least three things.
a. Replace worry with prayer.
b. Live one day at a time.
c. Stop worrying about things that are out of our control.
2. We never want to close a service without offering an invitation, so if you are in need of prayer, confession, repentance, or you would like to become a Christian, please come now as we stand and sing.