Overcome Worry With Truth
Do you know what the word “worry” means? According to Websters dictionary it is connected to old and middle English roots that mean to strangle or injure.
Ever feel like there is a noose around your neck? People complain of racing thoughts and my sense is that sometimes there is a noose present in that process.
Other meanings of worry include: harassing or treating roughly; to pluck, push or touch repeatedly in a nervous way; to annoy, bother, vex; to feel distressed in the mind; to be anxious, troubled or uneasy. You get the drift.
It is important to stop the habits and cycles of worry and yes, it is possible. If it wouldn’t be, God would not have told me to start thinking positive thoughts until that is all I was doing. Why would He say that? Because that is all He is doing. He does not have negative thoughts about any of us, because of the great sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. He shed His blood for us which took care of God’s wrath toward sin in the world. He rose again and now when God sees us He looks through the covering of His Son, Jesus.
Because we are “in the world” we are subject to all kinds of thinking traps and troublesome ideas. Sudden catastrophic suggestions can enter our minds before we are fully aware of them. But once we ARE aware, it is time to STOP IT.
Did you ever see Bob Newhart’s “Stop it” clip? The woman, Katherine, comes in complaining about her fear of being buried alive in a box. She states it’s all she can think about. In fact, anything “boxy” makes her nervous. (Fear generalizes to other things when you don’t refute it at the outset.) Bob tells her to “stop it” and he gives the same advice as she talks about several other problems. He soon raises his voice as he keeps telling her to stop it. She finally yells back at him, saying she does not like this kind of therapy.
“So you think we’re moving too fast?” Bob asks her. She says Yes. “I have 10 words for you, you may write these down, ” he states. As she is poised with her pen he yells, “Stop it or I’ll bury you alive in a box!” and the clip ends.
Of course the clip is ridiculous and no therapy session goes like that. But you may apply this same wisdom to destructive thoughts when they rise up. First, recognize what you are thinking about. Next, refuse to entertain it. Say, out loud, that you are not doing this. Last, replace the worry with God’s truth and His thoughts. (You can’t effectively just “stop it” without this final active turning toward God. Once you stop a destructive thought you must replace it with something else. Be wise and think what God thinks.) Realize that Jesus really took care of everything at the Cross. Let go, trust and expect good things.