The Three Rs of a Worry-Free Life
by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
Are you addicted to worry? Do you find yourself continually uptight about the potential outcome of a certain situation in your life? Do you lie awake at night, reviewing ad infinitum the worst case scenario regarding your finances, your health or your marriage?
If so, take heart. You can stop worrying and start living. Here are the three Rs for conquering worry:
1—Release your burdens to God. Scripture says this in 1 Peter 5:7: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Your shoulders are not broad enough to carry your load, but God’s shoulders are. He wants to carry your burdens for you because He loves you. So, give Him your worries, and receive His peace in exchange.
2—Resist all temptations to worry. You may not be able to keep a worrisome thought from entering your mind, but you can keep it from taking up residence. Refuse to entertain worrisome thoughts. Worry is a trap the enemy sets for you to keep you in bondage. Scripture teaches that as we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee.
3—Replace worry with worship. When we worship God, we drive away worry. Pastor Louie Giglio has said that “Worry and worship cannot exist in the same space. One always displaces the other.” Decide now that when worry strikes, you will immediately begin to worship God.
The famous poet Robert Frost said that “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” Take hold of your tomorrows with the handle of faith, and watch worry run out the door.
Copyright 2017 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be published or reproduced without the written permission of the author.
MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning, widely published author of fiction. She holds multiple graduate degrees and has taught writing at major universities. When not writing, MaryAnn enjoys painting and playing the piano. MaryAnn and her husband have two amazing daughters, a fantastic son-in-law and five rambunctious grandchildren. Visit MaryAnn at www.maryanndiorio.com.