Friday, May 14, 2010

Issues of Life: Don't Worry, Be Happy (in Faith)

Don't Worry, Be Happy (in Faith)


    Worry is fear of the unknown. As we have discussed in our Food and Health section, worry is unhealthy because it causes many physiological and psychological disorders when it becomes serious. One gets so anxious about things he imagines and about things that could go wrong even if nothing has happened yet. Like a wife who imagines her husband is having an affair while waiting for him at 12 midnight. Like a mother who becomes so nervous when her daughter doesn't come home at the appointed time for fear she might be in an accident or fear of gang rape or other heinous crime. Like a husband who resort to much drinking because his company has turned bankrupt and he has a lot of debts to pay. Like an employee who curses his way through traffic so anxious because he is running late for office. Like a college girl who runs away from home because she is afraid of the anger of her parents when they find out she failed her subjects. There are many forms, sometimes too petty to worry about, yet to some, they are considered huge problems they couldn't handle that they resort to get away from their problems or to find means to forget about them, even temporarily. 
     As we have stated, worry is natural to many; it comes to us, sometimes, even daily. But what we do with it determines the outcome of the problem, whether it will be resolved or become much worse. The moment we speak it out, we sow seeds that could lead to  a  harvest of exactly what we are afraid of. A wife may end up having a husband who cheats because she always declare that he is a cheater. A family may end up in poverty because the head of the family declares that they are bankrupt. Remember how God created the world through His own words? Through our words, we can create things in our life--whether negative or positive, whatever comes out of our mouth. But this is another topic all together. Going back to worry, we can repel this by the renewing of our mind and by our faith. 
     As Christians, we know that fear is the opposite of faith and whatever is not of faith does not please God. As worry is fear, therefore it does not please God and is the opposite of faith. Faith is believing that you already have what you asked even if you do not see it yet; it is a now thing. Whereas hope is of the future. Therefore, when worry comes, you can repel it by using your faith--declare the word of God that applies to your situation or simply, declare the positive side of the thing that you are worried about. Declare that your husband is faithful, in the name of Jesus, and that he is completely in love with you and he is safe wherever he is. Declare that God will continuously provide for all your needs according to His riches by Christ Jesus. Declare that your children are hedged all around with God's protection, for your sake and for His name's sake. Thank God for these things which is a declaration of your faith in Him. Although in your heart you are still nervous, but when you declare this things, you will believe what you say and your faith will increase and the worry will disappear. If your faith in God is great, you wouldn't entertain worry in the first place. Ahh, but we're not yet perfect; but we can always cast our burdens upon Him and all will be well. That ought to put a smile in our face. 
     Jesus, Himself, said, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25)  And He also spoke the solution, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). So don't worry, be happy, and be in faith.


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