Dale Carnegie in How to Stop Worrying and Start Living said this, “I was trying to wash today’s dishes, yesterday’s dishes and dishes that weren’t even dirty yet.” Have you ever found yourself in that place? No, not really worrying about dirty dishes. And yes, I do help with the dishes at my home, honest! Do you struggle with worry?

Worry is “a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.” If we’re honest with ourselves, we fully understand what it means to worry. When we allow worry into our lives, we don’t just think about the dirty dishes from tonight’s supper, rather we think about the dishes that we will make dirty tomorrow, and the next day, and the next week, and all of the dirty dishes that we will ever make in our life! How will we ever be able to wash all of those dirty dishes! As ridiculous as that scenario is, that’s how worry works in our lives. If I allow my mind to think about all of the thousands of dirty dishes in my life, I’ll never get around to washing the dishes that are dirty today.

The point isn’t whether or not you worry about dirty dishes, but whether or not you are allowing worry to control your thinking. We worry about dishes in our future that aren’t even dirty yet. Possible unemployment, marriage, parenting, financial hardships that don’t currently exist, potential health problems, and on the list could go. When we worry, we are allowing the future, of which we don’t have complete control over, to influence our life today. We allow our minds to take control and create worst case, unlike scenarios many times. I know, because I find myself there more times than I want to admit.

Does the Bible address worry?

Read Matthew 6: 25-34 to see what it says: click here for Matthew 6:25-34

Here’s the summary of that passage:

  1. We don’t have to worry about what we have when we know Who truly satisfies.
  2. We don’t have to worry about what will happen when we know Who is in charge.
  3. What you worry about the most reveals where you trust God the least.

 

How about it? Do you trust God? Or do you find yourself worrying more than trusting? Here’s a convicting quote from George Muelle. “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” I know that my God is able to supply all of my needs! I simply need to trust in Him. Let me encourage you to cast all of your care and your worry on your Heavenly Father, for He is able to handle it!

I love the words to the Gospel song “My Life Is in Your Hands”

You don’t have to worry

And don’t you be afraid

Joy comes in the morning

Troubles they don’t last always

For there’s a friend in Jesus

Who will wipe your tears away

And if your heart is broken

Just lift your hands and say

Oh, I know that I can make it

I know that I can stand

No matter what may come my way

My life is in Your hands

With Jesus I can take it

With Him I know I can stand

No matter what may come my way

My life is in Your hands

Stop worrying about dirty dishes. Place your life in His hands.