Today I will not be distracted by worrying about things that might not ever happen.

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worried-manWorry is a pointless and futile exercise that causes the person who engages in it to give way to anxiety and feelings of uneasiness, apprehension and fearful concern.  It is a learned behavior that is basically just meditation on what is negative, or what could potentially be perceived as negative or destructive, and it causes an individual to unnecessarily trouble his/her own mind and spirit.  It can also cause that person to inflict certain things on his/her physical body that can manifest as  dis-ease, better known as disease and, in the long run, worry unchecked can become a slow and miserable kind of suicide.  There are people who literally worry themselves to death.

 

Worry distracts you and hijacks your all-important powers of focus, rendering you incapable of seeing certain important and essential things that can only be perceived by taking in the fullness of the big picture.  It narrows down your visual field until your perception of reality is limited to nothing but tunnel vision.  And when all you have is tunnel vision, you are unable to pay attention to the totality of any given situation, so that when you need to take action you are unable to do it in a rational manner.  Worry forces you to act on impulse as you react to artificial feelings and emotions.  It always causes you to miss the main point of any situation.

 

Worry is a heartless and dangerous thief.  It is heartless because it insidiously disguises itself as care and concern, exploiting the thoughtfulness of well-meaning people in doing so.  It is dangerous, because it can so easily creep in and take over someone’s mind that they become comfortable with the familiarity of its presence, and thereby regard it as an acceptable way of thinking and way of life.  Ultimately, they yield to its authority and allow it to rob years of creativity and productivity from them, as they waste most of their mental potential on fretting about things that more than likely are never even going to happen.  Worry shapes their perception into seeing every smokescreen as reality.

 

In the same way that regret causes you to miss the beauty of the now by sentencing you to live in the past, worry causes you to miss it by negatively projecting you into the future.  But there is hope for worriers.  As was stated earlier, prayer is a powerfully effective perception-changer:  “Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life” (Philippians 4:6, 7 – The Message).  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.


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