I went to church Saturday with my kids and a friend. I'm not a regular attender, but certainly try to make it when I can. A lot of sermons preached have hit home, but this one in particular did. Whether a person considers themselves religious or not, I think the point of this certain sermon resounds true for most of us.
WE STRESS AND WORRY WAY TOO MUCH!
I'm a guilty party of over analyzing and thinking about the outcomes of certain situations. Finances, health, and my family are just a few of the things that plague me with worry. I've gotten so stressed over things that I cry or my body becomes physically ill. Statistics link health and mental problems with stress. I've been privy to it often. My body hates certain foods and it hates high levels of stress. When I've ate the wrong thing or stressed too much, I become violently ill. Nausea, cramps, and diarrhea are just a few of my symptoms.
Guess what positive results come from me worrying and stressing? Nada! Nothing! Zip! Zilch!
There's nothing wrong with being proactive and hoping for a good outcome in life. But causing yourself to become riddled with worry and stress do nothing but make you more miserable. And, at times, it causes those around us to be miserable too.
Being that I do believe in God, I know He's in control of my life anyway and will decide outcomes for me. I can pray and ask and petition, but that's all. The rest is up to Him. I don't have control of my life; He does.
So I resolve to spend my life doing better things than worrying, stressing, and crying. I have no doubt that I will still do those things, but I'm going to make a conscious effort to just let go of those negative feelings and let life take me where it does.
To quote an infamous line from The Lion King......Hakuna Matata!