You have to work on your faith, for not only your life depends on it.
36 Reasons you Should Worry and 1 Reason you Should Not
NB: The reasons could be 100 or more.
- You have not passed all your papers.
- You are one of the few people who have not gotten an admission into a school of higher studies.
- You have not gotten a job.
- You are the only one left among your friends to be married.
- You are married for a while now and you are not pregnant yet.
- You are pregnant or your wife is pregnant.
- You are in labour or your wife is.
- Your baby doesn’t cry enough.
- Your baby cries a lot.
- Your child is quiet.
- Your child is too playful.
- You sleep a lot.
- You don’t sleep enough.
- You sleep adequately but you don’t dream.
- You dream but you don’t remember.
- You dream and you remember.
- Money: You don’t have it, you have little or you have too much.
- You suddenly gets a lump sum.
- You don’t have a car.
- You have a car.
- You use public transport.
- You live in Nigeria.
- You live outside Nigeria.
- It is raining.
- It is sunny and hot.
- It is stormy.
- You have acquaintances in Northern Nigeria.
- You have acquaintances in Texas or Florida, USA.
- You have acquaintances in London or Paris.
- You have acquaintances in middle east or the far east (Korea and China especially)
- You are a politician
- You are not a Muslim
- You are a mom or you are a father.
- Sickness: You are ill or you are not
- I mentioned your location and your circumstance.
- I didn’t mention your location or circumstance.
It’s funny the number and kind of things we worry about. If you have read through this inexhaustible list, you have done well and if you have two or more reasons to be worried you have tried and should get one of the worrisome awards. If you see and agree to the legitimacy of two or more of the itemized situations, you just won for yourself a shiny badge of Legal Worrier. Unlike the IgNobel Prize, this badge is totally worthless. This is not because of the issuer but because of the singular reason that in reality worries help no one and get nothing done about the concerns.
There are many things we thoughtlessly believe that we should worry about, we have in fact grown into worrying and just by that fact we think we should defend anxiety and worry. Here is what I think about why we worry naturally and why we think the worries are legitimate: We are used to motion that we assume not worrying is idleness and as such to fool ourselves into thinking we are doing something about what in all fairness is beyond us, we worry.
What to Do in Worrisome Situations?
Because this is coming out of our church mind and lessons from Sunday encounters, we must put the stamp of Christ on this if that is not obvious already. We say we are believers and people of faith and little understanding of faith will make it clear that faith doesn’t mix with fear and it is only logical to say that worry and fear are twin. If Christians are little Christs, it means they are essentially like Jesus Christ and if that is the case, Christians should be able to sleep through a storm. I think that was only like Jesus Christ and nothing extraordinary until you say “I don’t have money in my pocket and I’m not worried for I know God will take care of me” and folks look at you like you are crazy. They want you to go out there and get some work done and it’s your turn to look surprised because you said what you said at a job.
Any of the items in the list above can be inserted into the scenario and people will wonder at your calmness in such instances because they expected that the ‘right’ thing to do is to worry.
One quick point to raise is that when challenges arise, what is the Christian thing to do? Please don’t say what you are about to say because I may disappoint you. Go ahead and say it maybe it is not what I think you would say. Did you say Pray? I’m sorry to say there is nothing Christian about prayer. You don’t have to be a Christian to pray. What is Christian is where you are praying from (not the physical location), and why you are praying in that instance. You can pray from faith and you can pray from fear. It becomes extremely difficult to pray from faith when you are responding to feeling, which is loudest when challenges arise. Prayer may be a good response but it might be a fodder for the fire of fear rather than a tool of faith. A better response will come from knowledge, and faith actions can be done because of what is known than by what is seen in the immediate. Knowledge helps more than prayer in many instances because it feeds faith and when you are better equipped not only with head knowledge but essentially with God-knowledge you can go ahead and pray and it will be a faith action.
Mark 4:37-41 And there arose a windstorm, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was now full. And He was in the stern of the boat, asleep on a headrest. And they awakened Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we perish? And He awakened and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace! Be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said to them, Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? And they feared exceedingly and said to one another, What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?
The kind of man who knows He’s God. This shall also be the story of the man who knows His God.
You have to work on your faith, for not only your life depends on it. If not that Jesus had an understanding from which He spoke, maybe it would have been unto the disciples according to their thought_ perish!