We all know what worry feels like. The racing heart, sweaty palms, dry mouth amd racing thoughts. Its a rubbish feeling...
When I was at school I was a real worrier. I would always have to pack my school bag and PE or rugby kit the night before. Then I wouldn't be able to sleep until I'd gotten out of bed to drag my school bag so I'd be falling over it the next morning. Then I still wouldn't be able to sleep until I'd gotten up again to scrawl a note in capital letters, ''DON'T FORGET YOUR PE KIT'', and then leave it on my PE kit...
But one day God showed me something. Its a promise in the Bible; Philippians 4v6-7
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Did you catch that?
Dont worry about anything.
Pray and thank God for everything.
His peace will keep you safe in Jesus.
This promise changed my life. And not just with regard to forgetting my school bag! It changed my perspective: in every situation remember Jesus is right there with you.
As I've gotten older and worries have gotten more worrisome - knowing this to be true has made a huge difference.
Let me end with some encouragement. Whatever it is that's troubling you, whatever you or your friends are struggling with at the moment, whatever is a real burden - know that there is a promise from God for you.*
*here are some suggestions