That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25 (NLT)
A worried person approaches life with fear and trepidation. They allow their circumstances to dictate their lives. Their perspective is that something bad is bound to happen and it will likely happen to them.
A worrier can walk into a room and suck the life out of a perfectly good party. Apprehension and self- concern is written all over the face of the worrier. Dragging through the tasks of the day, the worrier is debilitated and sapped of energy, due to lack of peace and security.
Worriers are often in a hurry, racing to the next task or project. Worriers think the world rests upon their shoulders and have difficulty asking for help. Worriers talk about their problems and dwell on the negative. Worriers trust little and seek to be in control.
Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other.- John MacArthur
Warriors embrace each moment and live life to the fullest. They operate from a place of trust and look for the good in others. Warriors seek out opportunities to be of service and often advocate for the underdog.
Warriors look for ways to champion others in their dreams and achievements. Warriors are the life of the party and people enjoy their company.
Supportive and affirming, a warrior loves to offer praise and encouragement. Warriors recognize that every word written or spoken counts for eternity and that missed opportunities can be costly. Warriors are not afraid to speak the truth in love.
Warriors approach life with a sense of urgency, creating a life of intention and purpose. They seek a balance between accomplishing tasks and building relationships. Warriors function well on teams and are inspired by the lives of those they lead and follow.
Warriors pray and trust that God has already prepared the way. Warriors live in constant dependence on God for guidance and direction. Warriors lean in and rest in the arms of the Father and trust that He alone is the only refuge in times of sorrow and tragedy.
Warriors lean on others to support them in their journey and are committed to living and growing in community.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 from The Message
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!”
Which one are you? A Woeful Worrier or a Wieldy Warrior? Answer with all honesty and you are likely a combination of both. I choose to be more of a wieldy warrior, relying fully on Christ to mold me and shape me.
Remember, we seek progress not perfection!
I would love to hear your thoughts on your experience as both worrier and warrior!
How has worry kept you from serving God? How has living from a place of trust and dependence on God helped you step into new life experiences?
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