A worrywart is a person who incessantly dwells on unlikely outcomes. The term “worry” first appeared in Old English (as “wrygan”), it meant, “to strangle” and “wart” is an Old English word derived from a Germanic root; it’s figurative meaning is “defect”, “unlikely” or “unfavorable”. Therefore, it can also be said that a worrywart is one that “strangles” them self due to “unfavorable” and/or unlikely circumstances. God didn’t call us to perseverate over worst-case scenarios! The Philippians were becoming worrywarts and Paul had to remind them like he is reminding us in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Scottish novelist and playwright James Kelman said, “One thing life taught ye was how stupid it was to worry about things ye didnay know for sure, things that might no even happen, nay point in worrying about them.” Note to self: worry will NEVER change the outcome.
In my Lil Jon voice, “BE WORRIED FOR WHAAAATTTT!!!” It’s better to live with laughing wrinkles than to live with worry warts!
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, I turn over and transfer all of my______________(FIB) to you! I refuse to accept its weight on my heart and mind. I decrease so that your peace can increase! I put down my suitcase of anxiety for You to take care of it as You will and I choose to abide with Your decision. In Jesus’ name, amen!!