The unwelcome resident between your ears

Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night, I hear noises. 99 times out of 100, they’re normal sounds. Things like the refrigerator or furnace.

On their own schedule, they go on, turn off, go on, and turn off again.

That’s like worry.

Just when you think you’ve entered a place of mental quiet, they start to hum again.

For you, maybe it’s a pile of bills, or a deteriorating relationship, or a job teetering on the brink, or a test result, or the fear that you’ll make a big decision badly.

In response, some people try to control every detail of their lives, pretending they can manage every little situation. But that never works because control is always an illusion. As Max Lucado says, “We can’t take control, because control is not ours to take.”

Other people over-medicate themselves. And others beat themselves up in a blame game that never ends.

But let me suggest another approach.

Rehearse the promises of God.

Promises like:
-“I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
-God “gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
-“My grace is sufficient for you…” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
-“God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).

When you continually remind yourself about the presence, power and promises of God, worry starts to get the picture and realizes he’s not welcome for a long-term stay between your ears.

Is worry the recurring hum in your life? If so…

Rehearse the promises of God.

By Matthew Ruttan

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