I Worry All the Time
What is it that transforms normal basic human prudence (good) into worry (bad)? I think it is this: the gut-level urge to assume the worst in every possible outcome. Is Daddy late coming home from work? He must be dead in a ditch. Did I get a bad grade in that class? I’m going to fail the semester. Are we invited to your parents’ house? I will probably say or do something stupid and then they’ll all think I’m a brainless twit.
The best Rx for worriers? The gospel. The more we marinate in the gospel of Christ, the more we become optimists and look for and expect good outcomes to the unknowns in our lives. This is the gospel: that God chooses to look past our sins and see good in us . . . that God chooses to get involved in our lives to make good things happen . . . that God actually makes our hardships become blessings for us . . . that God always has the last word in every situation.
What are the worries that are dragging down your heart right now? Money? Your job? Your marriage? Your lack of a marriage? Your health? The gospel helps you pray like this: “In the day of trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me” (Psalm 86:7).
We all have doubts and uncertainties about many things, and with those comes a tension between trusting God and also taking personal responsibility. It’s from wanting a childlike faith but needing to be a grown-up Christian.
We can trust God and take responsibility for our choices and actions at the same time. In this book, the author encourages you to think deeply about what it means to trust God and at the same time use the gifts and blessings that he has given you to act according to his will.
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