You and gratitude vs. worry

This week we’re talking about worry.

Unfortunately, much like water damage, friends who turn their back on you, or health problems, worries are often a difficult and deflating part of life.

To counterattack the onslaught of worry, practice gratitude proactively.

Consider the famous Psalm 23:1: “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” Think of that metaphor for a moment. A shepherd protects the flock from the danger of wolves and safely guides them to where they can find food and peace.

God is like that Shepherd to us. Since we are prone to rabid, daily forgetfulness, we need to remind ourselves about the kind of Shepherd he is by practicing proactive gratitude. The more we remind ourselves about how much he provides for us, the less likely we are to worry incessantly about being alone, not having our needs met, being in over our heads, and destined for abject failure.

Last week I asked some people how they practiced proactive gratitude:
–A mother and daughter text each other every day saying three things they’re grateful for. They’ve been doing it for a year and it makes a big difference.
–Someone else writes in a gratitude journal every morning which increases her awareness of all of her blessings.
–Another prays deliberately each morning and night with specific prayers of gratitude to God.

Gratitude grounds you in the ongoing goodness of God. “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

To counterattack the onslaught of worry, practice gratitude proactively.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

up20190422X (3)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s