Friday, 10 February 2017

WORRYING

(Approximate reading time: 2 minutes)

Friends, have you ever been so distracted by fun that you forgot all your problems?

Perhaps you were spending time with friends; laughing together and bonding, or you were playing a sport; and you were having so much fun that for a moment, you forgot all your troubles.

You forgot about the conflict your family was in, about your romantic relationship which is on the rocks, about the friendships you recently lost a grip on, about the job/ university course you're doing which you're not even sure about...

And then suddenly, all these troubles come back to you like a rushing wind... like a raging storm, destabilizing the peace you enjoyed!

And you long for the joy you previously had; to experience that euphoria for just a bit longer.

I don't drink alcohol, but in light of the above, I do understand why the alcoholic seeks refuge in the beer bottle at such times.



...because the fleeting bliss of the alcohol is enough to carry away the momentary affliction of pain and heartache. There’s only one problem; the ecstasy of alcohol (and that of drugs, and that of every straw we clutch at) lasts only for a short time; after which the prior, unwanted anxiety is reinstated.

I remember a time in my life where I was carrying so many worries and burdens on my back that I felt like when I went to sleep, I would temporarily set them aside; and the following morning, as I arose from bed, I would pick up my worries and start off my day with them weighing on my back. It became my normal. I considered it part of my daily routine.

However, I have since then been redeemed from this habit, and my redemption came from the unlikeliest of quarters: a Sunday School rhyme.


Why worry when you can pray? 


Trust in Jesus; He knows the way. 


Don't be a doubting Thomas; just lean upon His promise. 


Why worry, worry, worry, worry; when you can pray?”




Since then, I have come to believe that everything we need to know in life was taught to us in Sunday School (for those who had the privilege of attending) (if you didn't, it's never too late. Check out the videos attached).

It was when I sang those words that my journey to a worry-free life began.

And perhaps you're thinking that your worries are too major to be solved by a mere song. Well, you're absolutely right!
That's why the song advises you to not only sing, but to talk to the Most High God about it; i.e. pray.

Are there still times when I fall back to my previous nature of worrying? Most definitely! However, as soon as I realize this, I whisper a prayer and take my rest in the LORD who not only made the heavens and the earth, but who knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

And so, the next time you're feeling low, despised, rejected... here’s another song for you;

“Jesus loves me this I know,
for the Bible tells me so;
little ones to Him belong,
they are weak but He is strong.



Yes! Jesus loves me.
Yes! Jesus loves me.
Yes; Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so...”





And the next time you’re wondering how to grow in your faith and knowledge of God, remember this;

“Read your Bible,
pray every day,
pray every day,
pray every day;


Read your Bible,
pray every day,
if you want to grow...











Blessings...

Soli Deo Gloria!



13 comments:

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read, Liz.

      Stay tuned for more. :)

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    1. Thanks for reading, brother.

      Glory to God!

      Baraka!

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  4. Thank you Mike. A necessary remind in such a beautiful way.

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  5. Thanks, friend.
    Stay tuned for more.

    Blessings...

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  6. Finally read it ����
    Thanks, kesho I won't pick up the worries ����

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    1. Hallelujah! 🙌

      Thanks for the feedback, Gaceri.
      Barikiwa!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, fam.

      Stay tuned for more. :)
      Blessings!

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  8. Haa,One luv brother .y should I worry when I can pray ?????peace up on you

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    1. Thanks, fam.

      One love indeed!! :)
      Blessings!

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