I worry. A lot. I know that God is in control, but I still get scared and let my fears control me. Sometimes fears are real, like fearing a bully at school. Sometimes fears, when you really think about them, aren’t that big of a deal, like worrying about a test that’s a month away. And sometimes, fears just aren’t worth your time, like worrying about not finding the right dress for your school dance. Though no matter how big or small or silly your fear is, God cares about it.
I love this quote by Corrie Ten Boom, “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to made into a burden.” Next time you’re worrying about something grab a sticky note. At the top write your worry. Underneath that write why you’re so worried about it. It helps to actually think about your fears and write them down. Identifying your fear will help you know how to combat it. Next write what’s giving you the fear; if it’s those mystery books you’ve been reading 24/7, give them back to the library fast! If it’s spending time with someone who’s always worrying, stop spending time with her! But before you do all that, you should pray. You should always turn to God first when you’re worried about something. He will give you peace about it.
Philippians 4:5b-7 says, “The Lord is at hand; 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.” Now tear that sticky note up and throw it away! Don’t let your fears hold you captive; give them to God and experience His wonderful peace.
Living in fear isn’t a healthy lifestyle. You miss out on so much if you’re constantly worried. And there’s alway something to worry about, but if you give your fears to God, He’ll replace your fear. Don’t let worry rule your heart. Let the peace of God wash over you and melt your worries away. Only then will you truly be able to live life joyfully.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” Colossians 3:15a