5 Steps to Less Worry

Worry is like a plague to our body. It attacks our mind, then our heart, and over time, it can consume our overall health.

Wouldn’t it be great to never worry again?

I’m not sure this is humanly possible—although I can’t imagine either why Jesus would give a command He wouldn’t fully allow us to obey.

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life.” How good are you at obeying that verse?

But, then again, He commanded a lot of other things I’m not perfect at either.

So, I’m still a work in progress.

I know this, however: One part of maturing as believers is to begin to eliminate worry from our life. Certainly, as we mature in our Christian life, we should, over the years, worry less.

Let me share a few things I’ve learned, which may help.

Here are five suggestions to having less worry:

Pray more

You see, it’s a trade-off. You can pray or you can worry, but you can never do both at the same time. Which would you rather do? Seems to be a reasonable trade. How amazing is it the Creator of sunsets wants to have a conversation with me? Worry seems to be a cheap substitute in this regard.

Do wise things

As a believer, sin is always going to cause my inner conscience to feel guilty—which usually translates quickly into other emotions, such as doubt, anxiety and worry. When I know I’m doing the best I can do, my heart is freed of needless worry.

Read more

Of course, I’d recommend the Bible. I think followers of Christ should read it every day. It’s where we find the hope, faith and trust spelled out for us by God Himself. But we should read things that speak of truth and bring encouragement. For some people, this may mean turning off the news and reading. In our home we opted not to have a television in our living room. We have to “go” watch TV. It’s not that television is necessarily bad, but I just don’t seem to find much that really encourages me these days. I try to read at least one chapter of a Christian book every day, in addition to my Bible reading. The point is, when we fill our minds with good things it crowds out some of the bad things.

Choose your thoughts carefully

The Apostle Paul said to think about these things: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8). I always ask myself: Why worry about what I can’t control? Why worry about what might happen when I can choose to think about good things that are happening? And, lots of good things occur every day—when I choose to think about them.

Trust more

This really is the key to worrying less. The more I trust, the less I worry. I can step up my faith because I know God is on His throne. He has a plan and He will do what is best. Every time! And, listen, the key to trusting Him more is simple—spend more time with Him. Like any healthy relationship, it grows stronger with time and effort. The more you know God the more you will love and trust Him.

Here’s to a worrying-less lifestyle! Who’s with me?  

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.