• Benjamin Olsen

Worry Blocks Blessings – Let It Go!

Don't allow worry to block YOUR blessings!

Don’t allow worry to block YOUR blessings!

As I sit down at the computer, I am feeling a little overwhelmed, frustrated and somewhat empty. I wonder how things would be different if…

…then I bring that line of thinking to a SCREECHING halt…THIS is doing me absolutely NO good and providing NO benefit!

Worry is not going to change anything in a beneficial way. All it does is creates sadness, pain, uncertainty and distraction towards our goal. I know and understand this, but as humans in our society, it is a rut that is easily found if we don’t intentionally avoid it. Because I consistently strive to stay positive and address and change those things that I can, I often can throw on the brakes when I ditch the blinders and realize I am drifting this direction.

My prayer life helps me regroup and refocus.

My prayer life helps me regroup and refocus.

Yesterday the sermon focused on the fact that WE MUST NOT WORRY! A couple of verses were studied:

Luke 10:38-41

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 

40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

Matt 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

I was again reminded to stop allowing worry to distract me. Worry only serves to distract us by that which we have no control over and what is truly important!

This was a topic that has really been on my heart over the past couple of weeks. Yes, partly because of the fear spreading through our nation,and the world, regarding Ebola. However, this is also a topic that I hold very dearly because it has over and over helped me to get through so many challenges.

Now, some would say that worry is just an avenue towards change. The reality is this most never get to that point as they sink into the mire of worry. If it were truly only an avenue, then I suggest that we would see more results and positive outcomes stemming from this avenue.

What I am saying is that we need to place the same energy into solution and addressing the tasks and issues which we can impact. When looking at an issue that disheartens us, identify the tasks or steps that we can individually take to contribute to a change – if any. And even with that, it should not CONSUME us while sacrificing the rest of the things/components/people in a whole and well life.

In addition, we must realize that we must also ACT, not just sit back and assume things will just happen. I wholeheartedly believe in my faith, prayer and the trust that I have in God. I also know that along with my faith, I must ACT on the things I do have control of.

James 2:14

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Each morning I begin my day with prayer, meditation, yoga, a cup of hot lemon-ginger water, and listening to my Spotify playlist, Be Encouraged – Gospel. I love this playlist and add to it as I find songs that encourage me from the inside out. Mornings are also the time when I get my best runs in – outside, music playing (…only 1 earbud in for safety), just me, pounding the pavement and embracing the blessings around me. I find that this gives me a great starting place for setting up my day.

As I complete today’s blog entry, I am making the following commitment:

I will not allow worry, and/or fear, to create a state of unbalanced living by sacrificing the importance of the many other aspects of health, wellness and life.

I will do what I have personal control over. I choose to pray, recognize all for which I can be thankful, enjoy life, friends, family, and making positive impact on the lives of those around me. I choose to be aware, be wise in my actions, do what I can to reasonably protect myself, smile, love, appreciate the blessings around me and not wear down my mind and body worrying about things I can not change.

Today I hit a challenging time. During these times I usually do not reach out to others because I want to make sure my struggles do not confuse or disturb others in their journey.

Well, today I needed some encouragement. I reached out to one person who I see as a very special friend and fellow business owner. I am so thankful that she is also a Christian who truly believes in the power of prayer and knows how to LIVE her faith and love through ACTION.

I  asked her to keep me in prayer…and what did she do??? After realizing that we have usually communicated via IM and in person, we never exchanged phone numbers, she IM’d me her phone # and told me to call her. When I called, she stated, “I wanted you to call me so that I could pray with you, right NOW.” As I was completely moved and thankful, she went about praying for and WITH me! This brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. The prayer she prayed was AMAZING! I hadn’t told her any particulars, but what she prayed, it was like she knew the EXACT things that were happening! God had His hand in this situation.

It is time to “Let Go & Let God handle the rest”!

Jazmyn & Malik remind me, "MOM! You have always said to PICK YOUR BATTLES!...so JUST DO IT!"

Jazmyn & Malik remind me, “MOM! You have always said to PICK YOUR BATTLES!…so JUST DO IT!”

Until next time…

#Challenges #Faith #transition #Worry

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