I was a worry wart. I accepted the responsibility of providing for my family but it carried a huge burden. I was always grabbing the bills and the deposit slips making sure we would survive another month. I worried about my kids in college. I worried about what people thought of me. I worried, worried and worried some more. Stress, stress, stress.
I’ve spoken about this before, but my epiphany 5 years ago wiped out all of the frustration, anxiety, stress and worry. It was like something I can’t explain. I guess that the Lord was ready for me. No matter what trials I went through, God was always there. Once I realized it, it was like POOF, there went the worry.
Matthew 6:25-27 took on a whole new meaning. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
My daily prayers include everyone who suffers from such burdens. My wife used to get upset with me that I didn’t worry. I am living proof that everything will work out. I don’t have a 401k and had to retire early because I couldn’t find a job. My wife has the 401k and a pension. If we plan correctly we’ll be fine. If there is some kind of emergency where we have to tap into our savings…all will be well. I just know it will.
It goes without saying that without worry this is the happiest I’ve ever been. I am really enjoying life and thank God everyday, all day long, that he has shown his mercy on me and by His grace I am the person I am today.
May God’s graces shine down on you!