Maybe you’re worrying about your kids. Or the country. Or your college class, your future life, what people think of you . . . the list could go on and on, couldn’t it?
We all have things to worry about. If you’re struggling with a worry today, here are a few questions that will help.
These questions are from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat), available at Amazon in late September.
How to Stop Worrying: 11 Questions
- What are you worried about? Be specific.
- What are the odds that your worry will take place?
- What do you hope will happen? Be specific.
- Why do you want that to happen?
- Do you think God wants that to happen? Why or why not?
- Are God’s priorities different than your priorities in this situation? If so, how are they different?
- Can you control or influence this situation? If so, what could you do?
- Yes: Do you think God wants you to do that? Why or why not?
- No: If not, have you accepted the fact that you can’t control it?
- Are you willing to trust God for a situation you can’t control?
- Is God worthy of your trust? Why or why not?
- What do you think God wants to do for you (and/or your loved ones) in this situation? (See the insecurity Bible verses and Romans 5:3-5 for ideas.)
- How can you love God and others best in this situation?
- Is there anything you need to accept?
- What can you thank God for in this situation?
Possible things you’ll need to accept: that the unthinkable will happen, that you’re not in control, that there’s often nothing you can do to prevent bad things from happening, and that you might not get what you want.
Possible things you’ll need to confess: making idols of people or things, trying to control things God doesn’t want you to control, and a lack of trust in God.
Question: Are you a worrier? What do you do to stop worrying?