"Worry is a misuse of the imagination." Hal Elrod
Why do we worry? Seriously. It's ridiculous.
Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Worrying is not true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable. It's not excellent or praiseworthy.
There are zero benefits to worrying. It doesn't help you accomplish what you are trying to do. It doesn't make you feel better. And it doesn't help those around you.
On the other hand, thinking in a Philippians 4:8 way does make you feel better, accomplish more and helps those around you.
If that's true, why do we worry? I really don't know. I think that it probably has something to do with us feeling like we are supposed to. Or thinking that we don't have the ability to avoid it.
In reality, we can stop. We can make ourselves not worry. A lot of times we can't do it in our own power, but we do kind of have an all powerful God that says he wants to help us with those things. So asking him to help may be a good idea.
But the first step in stopping is realizing how stupid it is. Because that's really what it is - stupid. There are no pros. And there are plenty of cons.
For some reason we are really good at using our imagination for worrying, but not for much of anything else. I never thought I had a good imagination. But now that I think of it, I am really good at coming up with crazy scenarios on how my problems can turn out horribly.
You may be the same way. If so, why not use that imaginative power to come up with good ideas. Like how to actually solve the problem you have. Or how to avoid worrying in the future. Or how to get better in some other area in your life.
That time that we normally spend worrying, let's put it to good use. I'm sure we could come up with a lot of solutions. Let's use your minds to fix the problem, not worry about it.
Basically, let's just stop worrying. It's stupid.
Question to think about and discuss:
Why do you worry?