We all live with dis-ease -that uncomfortable feeling when what you are experiencing now could be better. This is a good thing. It means we work hard to address any problems to improve the future. This is how most change happens. Some of us have higher levels of tolerance for chaos and so move slower than others. Eventually most people get a sense that things are not right and will have to change. The exception being of course teenagers with their messy rooms. External prompting is then required.
Dis-ease can become a disease when we are anxious over things outside our control. You may know someone like this. This maybe you. It is called worry. Unhealthy worry. We wrestle with fears that are highly unlikely to eventuate. We enlarge concerns which are, in the sweep of life, not significant. My sense is, despite our affluence, worry is on the rise.
The scriptures speak to worry like a command. “Do not worry” (Matt 6:25). Don’t play with your anxieties, don’t treat them as trivial threats. Stop it! Christians need not worry, as our God is bigger than our fears. Of course, when dis-ease has set in as a disease, stopping is not a simple matter. Many people tragically spend a lifetime and fortune, barely being able to tame their anxious minds. Better to catch it early. Learn to let go to God all the things you cannot control. Remember, your fears do not worry God!
“God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other”