056:  Stop Worrying Now! [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

stop worrying now.001What do you find yourself worrying about?  Maybe there’s a situation right now that is causing you to lose sleep or make bad decisions as a leader.  How do you stop worrying?  Is it possible?  

Matthew 13: 

“The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. “

I believe that this is the soil in which most Christians live.  We are so hyper focused on whether out kids play every sport in the world or if we have all the toys that my neighbor does or am i wearing the latest and greatest.  And if there’s a gap in any area of my life, I worry about it. 

WORRY:  Old English meant

  • “to strangle.”
  • “to grasp by the throat with the teeth and lacerate” 
  • “to kill or injure by biting and shaking.”

This is the way wolves or dogs might attack sheep, for example.

There are times in my life when things are tough, change is in the air and I find myself being strangled by worry.  

Question: “What do you do when you are worried about something in your life?”

At the core of worry is another word you’re familiar with:  fear. 

Someone once said that “Worry is fear on the spin cycle.”

How to eliminate worry.

  • Decide not to worry. Easier said than done? The decision not to worry is much easier to make when we recognize worry for what it is and our worries for what they are.
  • Trust God to take care of you .

“Your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Mathew 6:31, 32.

  • Live one day at a time .

Matthew 6:34:  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”

Orel Hershiser, was asked what was the secret to his success.  Hershiser stated confidently that his success was focusing on only one pitch at a time.

And isn’t that what we pray in the Lord’s prayer?  “give us this day our daily bread.”  This day! 


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