One of my greatest sources of anxiety is my brain’s tendency to run scenarios considering past, present, and future decisions while worrying about the implications in my own life as well as others. Plural version of the noun scenario as in hundreds. Scientific method. Hypotheses. Controls and variables. Drawing conclusions about the future through my magic glass ball of anxiety. Knowing the future is unpredictable, this all subconsciously feeds the vicious cycle of anxiety. Hmmm…maybe I should run some more scenarios…I will find out what’s around the bend!
All of this is not to say that considering the implications of decisions is a bad thing; our lives are a sum of the past decisions we have made…decisions are important! But I do recognize a lot of pride and unbelief in worrying that much about tomorrow…sin. In fact, the Word assures us that if we seek His will in all we do, He will show us what path to take. How freeing would that be if I truly believed and lived that truth? Why do I tend to instead believe the lie? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”