Don't Worry! Instead, Do This.

Don’t Worry About Anything, But Do This
Do you ever feel like the stress in your life is growing so intense that you just might pop?
I brought my Bible and a balloon to today’s message. Why a balloon, you might ask? I think blowing up a balloon can help demonstrate the stress and worry we feel in our lives sometimes. Watch this.

Lately, I have been worrying about some things and one of those things is my brother. We have been working hard to help him find a job and a place in our community since he moved in with us a year ago. He likes to ride his bike and he rides his bike all over town. I find myself worrying about him when he’s out and when he comes home late; is he going to get hit by a car, will he get lost? There’s this constant sense of worry and with that comes stress.
How to not worry
The Bible says not to worry. Sounds easy when you say it like that, but what should I do when I do worry. Worry is a natural part of being human. The Bible gives us something practical to do instead of worry and it’s found in the book of Philippians.

“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

What God is saying is that I shouldn’t be anxious or worried about anything, but when I am, I can pray about it. I can take everything I’m concerned about to God in prayer. That is a relief. Worry is natural; we are concerned about the things and people in our lives. But as believers in Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to take our concerns to God in prayer.
Why a balloon?
So back to why I brought a balloon to today’s message. Worry and stress make me think about blowing up a balloon. When we have worry and stress in our lives, it’s like we are blowing air into a balloon. By blowing air into a balloon, I put stress on the balloon. The more air I put in the balloon, the more stress the balloon will have inside of it. What happens to a balloon when you keep blowing air into it and never stop? The balloon will eventually pop right in your face, right?

Stressing and worrying about situations in life will not change anything. Life happens and we can choose how we handle the stress we face. Sometimes the stress in our lives is our own fault because we choose to stress about something and not let it go. But when we choose to let go of the worries we have by praying to God, the stress releases. Just like when I let the air out of the balloon. The stress goes out and the possibility of popping the balloon goes away.  
But I still feel worried
When we pray to God, we may not feel relief from stress right away. It takes time for the pressure from all that stress and worry to subside. But as we keep our focus on God and take our concerns to him in prayer, the pressure of stress and worry will start to dissipate.

When I think about prayer I often think about the verse in 2 Chronicles 20:12 “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” When I am stressed and worried my eyes are not on God, but I can start to release the stress by praying to God. I can start to turn my eyes to God by taking my concerns to him in prayer. Like letting the air out of a balloon, the stress and pressure will start to go away.

“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

Let this verse remind you to pray to God for everything. Bring your worries to God who can do anything in your life. There is nothing our God cannot do, right? Trust God in the little things and the big things. My goal is to not worry, but in everything pray to God and focus on him. I think this is a great way to connect faith and life. What do you think? Read the verse and leave a comment.

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