How Productive Is Worrying?

Not productive at all, if you were wondering.

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27

I tend to pre-process. What I mean by that is this — when I know something big is going to happen (especially a big change), I deal with the possible emotions beforehand.

For example, I am graduating college in a month, moving away from all the people I’ve spent the last four years getting to know and serve with, and going back to my hometown in another state to be reunited with family and friends there.

Because of this giant transition and the mound of papers to write before even getting there, I’ve been worrying about how I’m going to deal with leaving so many people I love (even if it means getting to actually put down roots at home again).

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33–34

I’m tempted every once in awhile to have a pity party for myself because I know I’m going to miss all of these people terribly, but God has a plan, and since I am pursuing what I know He has put on my heart, I don’t need to worry about the future.

Some Chihuly glass art in one of the buildings at PLU depicting its main symbol, the Rose Window.

Now, when I feel like curling up in a ball because change is hard, I can confidently look to Jesus and His plan because He works everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose {Romans 8:28}.
That’s my little anecdote for today. I hope you’re encouraged to live for today and seek God first. The rest falls into place. 🙂