Stop Worrying about Worrying

Can't seem to stop worrying? Learn how to Stop!

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Worry is the uninvited invasion of the present by the past or the future. The past invades by regrets. What if I just hadn’t said that or done that or what if she hadn’t said that to me or he hadn’t done that to me? If those bad things hadn’t happened then, I could be happy now. Since they did, I can’t. We go over the past like a dog gnaws a bone. There is no meat there but that doesn’t keep us from chewing.

The future’s army crosses our borders with less definition. What if I lose my job? What if I can’t lose this weight? What if her tests come out badly? What if the Lymes Disease doesn’t respond to medication?

Both the past and the future can invade the country of the present, occupy and colonize it and refuse to let it go out by day or by night. Especially at night, worry likes to have its way with us. Those that don’t invade our conscious life show up in our unconscious and nag.

The most acute kind of worry is when we get down on ourselves for worrying. We not only worry, we worry about how much we worry. “I know I shouldn’t worry but I do.” We jump into the well of worry and spiral down. Here I help you to own your own land, to live on the corner of here and now and to free yourself from foreign occupation. I help you to climb out of the well one rung on the ladder up and out at a time. Think of it this devotional as a Boston tea party, a revolution by the forces of the present, in the present, overthrowing the wicked spirits with the good ones. We get off the saucer and into the cup of life.


Spirit is the Power

If will power was going to work to evict worry from warting you, it would already have worked. If playing “Don’t worry, Be Happy,” over and over every day was going to help worry from wasting you, you’d be living in the here and now already. If the famous poster “What me Worry?” was going to humor you into worry free living, you’d not be reading this far.

The rungs on the ladder out of the well of worry are spiritual. They don’t fix the worries so much as climb above them. The Great sociologist Robert Bellah said that religion is nothing more or less than the imagination of another reality. When we learn to let worry go, we do so because we want another reality to come in. We want to live in what Canadian Theologian Douglas John Hall calls the good news, which he defines as “the permission and the commandment to enter difficulty with hope.” Permission. Commandment. Enter. Difficulty. With hope. That is the spiritual power that comes from a dimension deeper and wider than the deviltry of difficulty. Spiritual power is above and within and deeper. It occupies another level in the now.

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Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
Related Topics: Worry, Emotional Health
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