What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
I worry a lot when things aren’t going to go the way I think they should go. Over the last year, circumstances have taught me to rely on God and not worry.
It usually happens that after the situation resolves itself that I look back and say, “Hmm… That really wasn’t worth worrying about.” I’ve found that to be true whether it’s because I was subpoenaed to testify in federal court the week we leave for England or because the pipes to the washing machine froze and I can’t do laundry.
I’ve learned that worrying only wastes time. After all I can’t add a day to my life. I don’t even want to know how much time I’ve wasted by worrying this year. It’s difficult for me at times to even sleep because I’ve worried about things. I know there are so many things I can accomplish if I’m not worrying.
I’ve learned that worrying doesn’t make me feel very good. I’d probably get an ulcer if I keep worrying. I sleep better. I even eat better—most people binge when they’re stressed; I starve myself. I am so much more healthy if I’m not worrying!
I’ve learned that worrying doesn’t get me anywhere. If I don’t know what’s going on and it’s in God’s control, why worry? If God is concerned about the sparrows, then He is definitely concerned about me!
I’m still working on this lesson learned. I still tend to worry, but I really do try and make an effort not to. Going forward, it will be more of the same. Consciously trusting God and not worrying. It’s easier said than done, but by God’s grace I can do it.