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Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. {Matthew 6:25-34}

…These verses have been running through my mind recently. Worry. Stress. Anxiety. Anything but the best version of ourselves. I’ve talked to a few friends and they have all said they’re stressed about something. I definitely know that I have been stressed so much over the last few days, the past few weeks maybe, even! It’s the time for college students to be running around with crazy schedules, difficult classes to keep up with, and life stuff just happening. And we’re supposed to deal with all of that, all at the same time. It’s tough. And I’ve been thinking lately about how we can’t be the best version of ourselves when we are stressed all the time. I know  can’t be, anyway! We can’t be living in a way that makes us feel happy and healthy, if we are stressed and carrying around our worries. They drag us down, making us seem less than who we are. They’re too heavy, yet we try to carry them anyway…maybe believing the lie that God doesn’t care about this part of me, or he’s too busy, or it’s really nothing, I should just get over it.

What you are dealing with, it’s probably pretty big. If it is stressing you out, that’s happening for a reason. Don’t push it down and say it’s not a big deal, or think about how others might see it. It doesn’t matter. Sure, maybe it wouldn’t be a big deal to someone else, but it is a big deal to you, which means you need to learn how to deal with it and give it to the Lord! It’s not about how anyone else would feel about it, it’s about how you feel about it. Listen to yourself. You know more than you think you do.

Verse 27 says: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

This verse stuck out to me, because, as silly as it sounds sometimes, I think we try to do this. We think that worrying helps us somehow, because we don’t let it go. But, think about it. What does worrying and stressing out do to you when you are trying to get stuff done? For me, it makes me slow wayyyy down, making productivity pretty much impossible. Because I’m so stressed about not getting it done on time, or doing it well enough, or whatever else I’m thinking. So, since this is slowing me down, it is not helpful. As hard as we try, worrying cannot add more time to our day…in fact, it often wastes away from the precious time that we do actually have!

I was talking to God this morning, and just thanking him for being my provider, which is something that these verses are also talking about. I have seen him be my provider before, in big ways recently, and I bet you have too. So, why do we hold onto these things, not trusting that God can be our provider here, too??

Here are a few ideas on what to do when feeling stressed, to take your mind off it for a little while so that you can go back and be more focused, and ready to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be…

  1. Be social
    1. Make spontaneous plans to see a close friends for a few minutes
      1. Like a coffee date, or lunch/dinner, but don’t spend hours and hours off of your homework/studying, or that will defeat the purpose
    2. Make plans to workout, or do a fun form of working out for an hour or so together
    3. Make plans for some other day, when this assignment or test is over…something you can look forward too!
  2. Meditate
    1. Practice yoga
    2. Or just practice mindfulness. Sit in the quiet, listen to your body. Listen to your feelings. Think positive affirmations about yourself, about your situation, about your life, and focus on believing them.
    3. Meditate on a piece of scripture that really speaks to you in this moment
  3. Spend time alone, doing something you love
    1. Journal
    2. Read
    3. Write/blog/encourage
    4. Take a walk and think, or journal or read outside
  4. Take a break
    1. What is a refreshing break to you? Whatever it is, do that!
  5. Take pictures
    1. Whether that’s grabbing a friend and heading outside for a little bit to enjoy the beautiful day and snap a few photos together, or seeing a pretty flower or sunset outside and taking pictures of that for a while
  6. Exercise
    1. Workout in the gym, or do a home-style workout, or take a quick bike ride with a couple friends, if time
  7. Cook!
    1. Cook or bake something fun that you and whoever helped you can eat later, maybe even while you’re studying some more!

 

And there are more ideas out there, of course, but these are a couple that sound nice to me! Hope this week goes better than last week, and remember that God is able to carry all of your worries, and you aren’t supposed to carry them all yourself! You can do it 🙂

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