I am a list person.
I make lists for: grocery shopping, daily chores, work projects, Christmas, house projects, authors I want to read, expenses, songs to download–well, you get the idea.
I also have a worry list. Of course, I don’t write it on paper; instead I needlessly rehearse the items in my head, trying to figure out just how each worry will resolve itself.
The list looks kinda like this:
Money. Our kids’ futures. Money. Health issues. Money. Our future. Money. Our kids’ future spouses. Money.
See anything familiar in there?
Some days the list is longer than others. And some days,the worries are so stressful, my stomach is in knots. (That’s only very rarely, like before every football game when my son started as senior QB)
I like keeping lists; it helps me feel organized. But I’ve decided that the worry list is one list I can live without. So with God’s help, every morning I am going to mentally write out my list and then tear it up and throw it away. I am going to hand off my worry list to God and try to trust Him to take care of each and every item on that list.
Notice I said try. It’s not gonna be easy.
And I’m sure I will have days when I forget to tear it up and it stays seared into my brain. But God has told me how to handle it; now it’s up to me to obey.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.