From Worrier to Warrior

May 7, 2018
By Suzanne Tucker, Assistant Director of Music and Arts

Is your name Worrier?

For many people, worry isn’t just something they do–it’s who they are. Worry has become a part of their personality. It is knit into their very being.

There are a million reasons to worry. Sometimes it feels like the world is out of control. We can worry about violence and war. We can worry about sickness and pain. We can worry about our kids and our parents. We can worry about our jobs and our paychecks. There are big worries and small worries; close-to-home worries and global worries. There’s enough worry to turn any day into darkness. It can feel crushing if you let it.

But we don’t have to let our worries crush us. Our God knew we would worry and He gave us specific instructions for how to deal with worry.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. 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.
—Philippians 4:6-7

Turn your worries into prayers. The next time you are gripped by fear and worry, turn it into a prayer like this one: “Lord, I don’t know what to do, but I trust You. You are in control, and I commit this to You right now.”

We all have reasons for worry and circumstances in our lives that cause us concern. Through prayer, we can find the peace to walk on the troubled waters. Turning our worries over to Him, allows Him to show His faithfulness to us in unexpected ways.

Sunday’s choir anthem said, “Tell Jesus. He loves His children; He’s always listening when you’re on your knees.” Prayer is a powerful tool. E.M. Bounds said, “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.” A posture of prayer is the most powerful stance you can take against worry. We are strongest on our knees.

When we pray, we allow God the opportunity to give us a new name:

Warrior.