Planning and worry

“So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭34‬ ‭

I often find myself struggling between planning for the future and reminding myself to live in the moment. I have never been a person who worries much. Not that I don’t worry at all, I just don’t live in it. When worry comes, I question if there is something I can do about it. If yes, I do what is in my power. If there is not anything I can do about it, I just give it to God. He does have control. This allows me to quickly take worry captive and move forward-with action or prayer.

However, I am a planner. I can really get into planning. Maybe this is a way I prevent worrying, because I have some sense of control. Am I really hiding worrying with planning? Does God want me to just live
in the present?

I also know God wants me to do what I can. I often tell my clients to write down their worries. I encourage them to do this to get it off their mind. Some need to do it daily, others can do it several times a week or even weekly. I encourage them to write their worries in two columns. The first column they list worries that are within their control. The second list are the worries they have that are outside their control. I explain to them the first side of the list is their “to-do list” they can spend time making a plan of the steps they need to take to resolve the worry. That may be things they do tomorrow, over the week, or creating steps they need to take over the next few months. The second list, they have to remind themselves to just stop, they can not control the outcome by worrying.

If they are believers, I remind them of Matthew 6 where God talks about worry. “Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?” Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭27‬ ‭. I let them know this second side of the worry list is their prayer list. They can take those worries to God in prayer because He can do what we can not. He can move our children, spouses, friends, careers, or even national issues.

I was listening to a podcast recently with Ben Kinney where he shared he doesn’t have a
five year plan. “Five years is a dream,” he said. He shared he just looks at weeks or months. That seemed more realistic to me, as even in my planning I eventually find myself stuck because I live in an ever changing world.

Right now I am focused on today. What do I want to accomplish today? What are the opportunities God has given me today? Not worried about what the day will bring, just being available to Him.

I still plan but I’ve given up on the five year. I am living for God today and want to move closer to Him and the person He wants me to be. I want to move closer to who He designed me to be. I want to step forward in His plans for me.

Prayer – Lord, if planning is just a mask for worry show me clearly. Help me live for you today and every day. I do not want to be controlled by worry, but walk in confidence empowered by Holy Spirit.

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