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Anxiety: It’s a Waste of Time!

In Brazil, June is a special month for people that are in love, because we celebrate Valentine’s day on the 12th of this month. However, aside from being the special time I had with my boyfriend, July was also marked the time I spent worrying about the future. I enjoyed the special date with my beloved one, and I couldn’t stop dreaming of another special date — the day I will get married. Although there is nothing wrong with dreaming, the problem is when the dream becomes a worry and anxiety invades your heart.

When I think about getting married, I think about having enough money to do so. This leads me to question if I will get a good job and I be great in the career I choose for myself. You may not be worried about financial issues like me, but maybe there is an emotional or spiritual situation that you are really concerned about how it will come to an end.  All these uncertainties about the future can get us so overwhelmed that we might feel discouraged to keep dealing with our daily obligations. But that’s when we must remind ourselves of Jesus commandment:  

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

Sometimes, we can get so worried about the future that we forget to see what God is doing for us today! However, Jesus is teaching us to live one day at a time and start paying more attention to the present, understanding that God has taken care of us!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – Matthew 6:25-27

“For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:32-33

Here Jesus is telling us how valuable we are to God. He knows all the things we need and he is willing to give unto us if we seek his kingdom and his righteousness. He also says that it doesn’t matter how much time we spend worrying about things, in the end, it will not solve or minimize our problems and concerns of the future. As a matter of fact, worrying will probably just make our problems bigger than they really are. So, we must fight our anxiety by giving thanks to God for the daily blessings and dealing with the daily problems the way He teaches us to:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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.”  – Philippians 4:6-7

Anxiety can be defeated with prayer. It is only talking to the creator of the world that can give us the peace, we desperately need in our stressful lives. He is the only one that can transform our minds and consequently change our worry thoughts into the ones that please Him.  

“To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.” – Proverbs 16:1

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –  Jeremiah 29:11

Not worrying about the future doesn’t mean we shouldn’t dream and plan our future; However, we must always remember that the final answer comes from God. And that’s actually a good thing because He knows what best for us, and has the best plan for each one of us. Thus, next time worries invade your mind, remember that anxiety is only a waste of time!

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Erica dos Santos Rios

Erica dos Santos Rios is a resident of Brazil who is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Statistics. Erica using her writing talents to participate in her church's activities and also occasionally evangelizes at her university. In her free time, she likes hanging out with her friends, rollerblading and watching TV. Erica seeks to help other Christians in their daily walk through her writing.

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