Worry or Wonder

I once heard about a woman who kept a box in her kitchen that she called her “Worry Box.” Every time something troubled her, she would write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the box. The idea was to not think about her problems as long as they were in the box. This method allowed her to put her troubles completely out of mind knowing she could deal with them later.

Occasionally she would take out a slip of paper and review the concern written on it. Because she had not been drained by anxiety, she was relaxed and better able to find the solution to her problem. Often she discovered that a specific worry no longer existed.

Writing your worries on paper and putting them in a box may be helpful, but there is a better solution, placing them in the hands of God. Worry robs us of joy, drains us of energy, stunts our spiritual growth, and most importantly it dishonors God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” When we live one day at a time it’s amazing how life just gets simpler.

Paul opens Ephesians 4 with some practical advice on dealing with destructive worry.

Jason

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