Life is often like a merry-go-round with ups and downs, which is okay for awhile. It can become exhausting and difficult to cope when it is going on day after day for an extended period of time. Here are some encouraging things to think about when dealing multiple issues and concerns instead of worrying about them…
“Give your burdens to The Lord, and He will take care of you.” – Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
“Don’t measure the size of the mountain; talk to the One who can move it. Instead of carrying the world on your shoulders, talk to the One who holds the universe on His, Hope is a look away.” – Max Lucado
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” – Psalm 68:19
I have known for years that “we need to give our burdens to the Lord”, but I have also learned to make it a regular habit, doing it sometimes several times during the day. We are not designed to carry heavy burdens of worries and concerns over a long periods of time. That isn’t healthy for us…it wears us down emotionally and spiritually and can eventually have a negative effect on us physically. It robs us of our joy and puts us in a depressing mood. It can debilitate us and prevent us from doing the things we need and want to do because we don’t feel like doing it.
Here are some suggestions that have worked for me:
1. Realize God is bigger than any problem we face in life. Sometimes we think we shouldn’t trouble God with our troubles. The opposite is actually true. He wants us to look to Him for guidance, peace,and strength. We are only hurting ourselves by not turning to Him in times of need.
2. Release your burden to God in prayer. You can do this by talking to God praying by yourself, or have a trusted friend, family member, or pastor, to pray with you. There is such a relief when we get it out and deal with something that is worrying us. Check out the Psalms in the Bible, in particular these Psalms: 34, 37, 40, 121. Stop and reflect on what these and other Scriptures teach us about God’s love and care for us.
3. Do what you can realistically about the problem. Sometimes, lack of true information drives our fears and make our perception of a problem much bigger than it actually is in reality. Get some good information and advice. This helps us in finding out what to do next, one step at a time.
4. When doubts and fears return, erase them quickly by again releasing them to God in prayer. As you do this, thank God for His power and presence. Pray for others, don’t review your worries over and over again. Instead stay focused on what you can do today… as you deal with ups and downs that come your way.