Do you know that God actually does not want us to worry? It can be quite a revolutionary way to live if we understand who God is and how much He loves us. I think we can all agree that we get much better at worrying less.
Some people worry too much. They overthink a lot. They bear an intense demeanor most of the time. Then there are some who are excessively pessimistic and complain about almost everything under the sun.
It’s not that we won’t ever face tough situations but we can get into this habit of blowing things out of proportion. No wonder we lose our joy and delight in the simple things of life. There is no gratitude. There is no song. There is no dance.
Since I am optimistic by nature, I usually tend to see things in a brighter light. I simplify things in my mind. And the way I am wired, I am mostly detailed in the perception of things, situation, and people.
It’s a good thing as it helps me to assess and see things clearly. But at times it can lead to unnecessarily overthinking about stuff. That can make me intense and anxious. But then I pause and ponder upon the revolutionary words that Jesus spoke. I will come to it in a bit.
I could repeat something that you hear most often like don’t take life too seriously. Learn to enjoy life. Believe in karma. There is always a better tomorrow. I find these statements very shallow. It does not help in the long run. It sounds good to hear but there is no substance in these.
Anyone can dance and sing when things aren’t shaky and challenging. People need something permanent, something tried and tested to anchor their life on, especially when the storms of life come.
What shapes our attitude?
Insecurity and fear have to do a lot with why people behave in a particular way or why they react the way they do. When our hearts are not at rest and there is no peace, we tend to be usually grumpy and worried. What makes us worry could be subjective but at the core, it is insecurity and fear.
People are not perfect. They could be mean. They have plenty of baggage of their own. The system is not perfect. It ain’t sunshine and rainbows all the time.
Life may not be easy for most of us. It may not be fair. We have no control over external factors. We are living in a broken world. But one thing that we can protect from breaking is our attitude. We alone will determine how our attitude is going to be played out.
Your attitude is shaped by your perspective. Incorrect perspective can breed the wrong attitude. Correct perspective can alter your perception of reality which affects your attitude towards things in life. For different people, it could be different things.
If you ask what shapes a positive outlook towards life, for me, I would say its God. And so here is why I can sing and dance in the midst of difficulties.
I am loved by God, therefore, I am secure
Before my parents ever had a chance to hold me as a baby, cuddle me and love me, there was someone else who loved me. That person is God. It was His plan to create me in my mother’s womb.
And even if my parents or rest of the world wouldn’t love or care for me, the truth that God loves me, wants me, cherishes me and created me intentionally for a purpose, gives me some real highs.
The Bible says that God knows the number of hairs on my head. He has tattooed me in the palm of His hands. He knows us intimately, loves and cares about us. I have experienced that love. It ain’t religious mumbo jumbo. Experience is more powerful than a theory. I know that feeling.
Since I am secure, I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I am not searching for something. I found my identity. I don’t care what people think or say.
I use the gifts and talents God has given me not to prove anything but because I love it. I try to level up and do my best to realize my potential without worrying about the future or what people think.
I face challenges and fears head on because God is my Father
If you had a child, as a mother or as a father, wouldn’t it bother you if you saw them being so worried and intense? Wouldn’t you do all that is in your power to put their heart at a place of rest and peace?
No one wants to see their child living with confusion, uncertainty, and fear. We want them to live with joy and peace, completely resting in the fact that we have got their backs. And no matter what happens we will always be there for them. Those would be our thoughts for our child.
Now if our imperfect parents would think like that, how much more, God, the perfect Father, full of pure love and kindness would.
Besides God’s Fatherly love for us, His credentials of greatness and miracles are mind-blowing. Some of us have no idea how awesome God is. The Bible says God measures the ocean in His hands. He measures the entire universe between His thumb and index finger.
I will write more about the awesomeness of God later but the point is that I will be a fool to think that my particular matter is too big for God to handle.
The revolutionary words of Jesus
“Never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?
“And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these! So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?
“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
God does not change
Do what you can do and God will do what’s beyond you. God has been here for a long time. He has been doing this for a long time. How do I know all this is for real? Because I have experienced it first hand. That’s why I have a reason not be grumpy, intense or worried.
People and things are fragile. Things shake, fall, evolve and change. Technology is always changing. Markets can crash. The behavior of people can be unpredictable. But God is constant. That’s why I live out practically and go about things of life with confidence, knowing God my Father and Friend is guiding me and backing me up.
Now let me sing and shake my legs a bit. Hakuna Matata!