Start Worshipping and Stop Worrying

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We're on the heels of the holidays and end-of-year demands are definitely piling up. There's charitable giving, gifts, and bills, not to mention parties and gatherings galore... The obligations and expectations of others seem extra heavy on me and I'm highly attuned to the various needs of my family. Do you feel the pressure like I do? My mind is wandering and worrying like crazy. Fortunately, I don't think this is what Jesus intended for us in this special season—or ever, for that matter! In Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT), Jesus teaches the people about the importance of not worrying:

"I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink or enough clothes to wear. Isn't your life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"

The idea of not worrying at all sounds fantastic! Right now, too much of my energy is wasted on worrying about every little thing, and that's not how I was designed. Instead of walking in the freedom of Christ and appreciating the ultimate gift of His birth and presence in my life, I have seemingly rewired myself to become a worry wart—which is disgusting by the way. I put a lot of unnecessary worry on my ability to control things that pale in comparison to God's ability, provision, power, plans, grace and love.

Then I had a thought... What if I put the same energy into worshipping Jesus that I am currently putting into worrying about things?

If all I do is worry, I won't have the energy to do the things that need to be done to walk out my purpose. By refocusing all of that negative energy into worshipping Jesus, I will be letting go of the negativity—giving the control back to Jesus in my life and allowing me to walk in the freedom he wants for me. I will be refreshed and refueled to reach my goals and dreams as they align with his purpose for me. I will start to receive the blessings that I have been blocking because of my mindset and perspective. I will be able to praise God for who he is and what he can do, rather than trying to keep the control and "play God" myself. (How prideful of me, right? Let go already and let God do his job! Worry really is a trust issue when it all boils down.)

It is time to check my pride, shift my trust, and allow the Holy Spirit to take charge in my life again. It's time to start worshipping more and worrying less.

"So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." —Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT)

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