Have you ever had the feeling that you were “wired” for worry? What I mean by that is that despite all of your efforts to the contrary, you just can’t keep from falling into this trap called worry. Well, if that’s the case, then you, my friend, are not alone. I recently came across some statistics on worry that really blew me away. Dr. Walter Cavert conducted a study on the worry habits of Americans, funded by the National Science foundation. His findings were quite alarming. Dr Cavert discovered that:
40 percent of the things we worry about never happen, 30 percent of our worries concern the past, 12 percent of our worries are needless worries about our health, 10 percent of our worries are about insignificant or petty (things that will really not make much of a difference in our lives one way or another), which means that we have spent 92 percent of our emotional energies over things that won’t happen or things we can’t change.
That being the case, then why do so many of us spend so much time worrying about things that are for the most part out of our control? And by the way, that includes those who profess to have a belief in God. Alarming as it may sound, just because you believe in God does not automatically exempt you from the dreaded habit of worry. There are many of us who profess to have a belief in God, but yet for some reason, we still find ourselves spending the precious commodity of time on worrying. Could it be that although we possess a belief in God, when it comes to His promises that remind us to “take no thought for tomorrow” and “not to become anxious about anything”, that’s a different ballgame altogether? Could worry for the Christian be considered an insult to God?
Worry has been defined as what takes place when we allow our minds to dwell on difficulty or trouble. So, if our goal is to begin to eliminate worry from our lives, then it would only make sense that we should shift our focus from our problems to something else; and what better thing for the child of God to focus his or her attention on than the precious promises found in God’s word. In other words, instead of “wiring” our minds to worry by focusing our attention on our problems, how about rewiring them to begin trusting in God by daily redirecting our minds to His Word. I doubt if the change will take place over night, but I believe that it’s a good start in the right direction.