“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? …But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:25, 27, 33 NIV
Jesus taught us about worry and fear. He said plainly: Don’t worry, don’t be afraid.
Easier said than done, but to set it as a goal is worthwhile. I sometimes confuse concern and love with worry. If I love someone, I am concerned about their welfare but I needn’t be worried about them. Because worrying about them does not in any way help them or me. If I am concerned, I should pray for them and see if there is any concrete thing that I can do to help them. I don’t need to worry about them. Not worrying is not a lack of care, it is simply an understanding that worrying accomplishes nothing other than wear me down. Sometimes a friend will apologize for sharing some problem with me as they don’t want to burden me with worry. I have arrived at the place where I can honestly say that I am not burdened by it. I can assure them I will pray for them, I can assure them that I am always happy to be a sounding board or a shoulder to cry on. I can also assure them that God has their best interests in mind. To some people it might seem heartless that I am not worrying about them but worry is useless.