Worrying is Not Worth It
Trusting God with Faith as a Child
by Joanne Troppello
“Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.” – Will Rogers
I used to worry about everything. It elevated my stress levels and was harmful to my overall health and well-being for a long time. Through my walk as a Christian, I have grown in this area and now my first instinct is to pray – and leave it in God’s hands.
You may know what I mean by that. Giving your concerns to God. Then a few hours or days go by and you “take it back” from God’s capable hands. Taking it back means that you couldn’t wait any longer and you lack the faith that God will answer your prayer – and you try to figure things out on your own – and usually mess things up further.
22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? – Luke 12:22-28 (NKJV)
I’ve read this passage many times through the years from Luke and in the other Gospels of Jesus speaking to his disciples about worrying. I love how he says in verse 25 that worrying can’t add one more cubit to his stature. There is no point in worrying.
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.”
Being a chronic worrier can cause extreme health issues and derail your emotional and spiritual health and well-being. Focus on reading more verses in the Bible about faith and consider memorizing them since faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Memorizing Bible verses (on all different topics, especially on faith) have helped me through the years. I may have been out or not have had access to my Bible and the Holy Spirit has brought the right verse to my mind at the right moment – exactly what I needed to hear. A big part of that is because I’ve memorized verses.
I highly encourage you to start memorizing verses that will help you in your journey of faith with the Lord. It may seem like work in the beginning, especially if you are not good at memorizing things. However, the benefits of memorizing scripture far outweigh the investment of work involved.
For more references on faith verses in the Bible, check out this article from DailyVerses.net. You can find a listing of powerful verses like “For we live by faith, not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7) and “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
Have you been a worrier?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.