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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How To Break Worry – Todd Stocker.com

wolf of worryShe left again last night, heading far into Minneapolis with a group of friends.  It was late — on the edge of my wife and me heading to bed.  That’s when her teenaged group life begins — later in the evening than earlier.  That is also when my worry begins, especially last night when the rain began, announcing the impending arrival of a massive, upper midwest thunder and hail storm.  

Again, I worried.

Worry is an interesting word.  Old English by origin, it means ‘to strangle’.  It is likened to a wolf that has honed in on its prey, attacked and inflicted the final death blow by clasping hard on the victim’s neck and shaking.  

Worry is that wolf.  For some, it is more relentless and ready than for others.  The wolf strangles you with the ‘what if’s’.  

“What if something bad happens?”  “What if she’s in a car accident?”  “What if it doesn’t work out?”  

Since worry is an emotion, the only way to handle it is with an onslaught of mental truth and the only truth that I could muster was that of what I knew:

God was bigger than my ability to control her circumstances [tweet that].  My past tells me that worry only steals from my present. Until something happens, (if something happens), it is useless — frivolous, actually — to worry. 

I went to bed.  She texted.  “Decided 2 hang at Perkins.  Raining hard.  Thot that was a better choice.”  

The wolf released my neck.  

Peace!

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“Don’t worry about tomorrow … ” Matthew 6

WORRIED? TRY THIS …

I woke up this morning with a churning in my gut.  My first thought was “I’m not ready to speak tomorrow morning!”  I’d been mulling over my talk for the past few weeks but didn’t give it focused thought.  Worry grabbed me.  It ripped into my world like a dog ripping into meat (which is the original meaning of the word “worry”).

There are many emotions that keep us from achieving all that we’d like.  Fear is the biggie but Worry comes a close second.  Those feelings of anxiousness, those thoughts of what could and might be, that irrational look into tomorrow and seeing only stress and trouble – those are the hallmarks of Worry.  W. R Inge said,

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.”

So how do we curb those feelings about tomorrow that threaten to rob us of the joys of of today?  How do we keep moving forward when worry wants us to stay where we are?  The Bible gives us the formula in Philippians 4:6-7.

First, redirect the focus of your thoughts from what could be to someone who is.  Choose to give your anxiousness to God.  Since worry is something that is unseen – except for the results of it – redirect your energies to someone who dwells in the unseen and let Him handle it.

Second, say Thank You to Him for handling your troubles in advance.  The prayer I prayed this morning was, “Lord thanks for helping me survive public speaking in the past.  There’s no reason why I can’t trust You to help me with it tomorrow.  So thank you for taking my worry.”

THE TWO-FOLD RESULT:  I felt – and you will too – a sense that it’s going to be ok.  I’m going to survive.  I’ll be fine.  Secondly, since the pressure was off and I had peace, I felt free to dive into my work and preparation.  The line that came to me was

“Peace is the Oil in the engine of Momentum.”  

Worry is a natural feeling but what counts is what you do with that feeling.

Question:  What do you worry about?  Leave a comment above…

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Peace!