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Christine Schrader


What Does Worry Get You?

   Prayer works, but worry is a waste of time and mental resources. D. L. Moody said, “Worry is the misuse of the imagination.” God gave us the ability to imagine so that we could be creative. All movies, songs written, scientific research, inventions, etc. are incubated in the fertile area of the brain. The famed painter, Thomas Kinkade, imagined places of light and peace and his pictures hang in many homes. He was called the painter of light.

   Jesus told us not to worry. Excessive worry can make a person sick. Worry never changes anything, but your health. Worry is internalized and destroys the worrier. It is negative thinking. On the other hand, prayer is positive because God hears our prayers and answers prayer.

   “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

   In this passage of Scripture, anxious means self-centered, counterproductive worry. Instead the Bible tells us to stop thinking negative thoughts and to think about good thoughts.

   Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

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