Okay, it’s just Aussie slang. But it carries a punch…
Much of the Bible teaches us to put aside worry and anxiety, yet most pastors are plagued by this unhealthy duo.
Dwight Eisenhower was quoted, “Worry is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.” As a young pastor a mentor taught me to never say, “I fear,” or “In fear of.” Good advice but not always so easy to pull off.
So what do you do when worry and anxiety drag you down?
It is not cliché to quote scripture to yourself. Think of the following passages:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).
I read that as a command rather than a statement of comfort. Problem is that I find it hardest to pray when anxiety and worry come knocking on my door. But whenever I take this one seriously the devil loses a round in the fight.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-8 ESV).
This one works only if I get off the pedestal and let God be God in my life. Too often I assume ownership of the church where he allows me to serve.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil (Proverbs 3:7 NLT).
I love this scripture, especially on the days when I worry that I’m not worrying enough—sometimes I chalk this up to laziness or lack of concern for the flock. But the bottom line is that the Lord has your life, and mine, under control.
A friend recently told me, “Don’t worry about today’s problems, it’s already tomorrow in Japan.” They have a point. God can see into my tomorrow so I can sit in the backseat and leave the steering wheel in his hands.