All of us worry.
We worry about our kids, our spouse, our friendships. We worry about our parents’ health, our kids’ health, our spouse’s health, our friends’ health, our health. We worry about finances, education, job prospects, making ends meet. We worry about conversations we’re going to have, conversations we’ve had and conversations we only imagine having.
We worry when we get into a car, when we take a walk, go to the gym, when we get on a plane, train or boat.
We worry in the woods, in a cabin, an apartment or at a beach house.
Around every corner is disaster and calamity.
Some of us worry more than others.
The other day I was talking to someone and he told me, “But I’m anxious. I was born this way. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
As we talked, he had a lot of anxiety. Much of it was about real things, but some of it was about imagined things, things that had not happened.
Most of our anxiety is about imagined things. Yes, we worry about things that are actually happening, but the conversation we’re worrying about having we haven’t had yet. Our kids haven’t walked through all of life that we have imagined for them yet, but we still worry.
As my friend and I talked, I asked him about some of the promises of God, like Jesus telling us in Matthew 6:25 to not be anxious about your life, or Paul telling us in Philippians 4:6 to not be anxious about anything.
He shook his head and said, “But this is how I am. What am I supposed to do?”
The reality is, he is a worrier, about everything. That is his tendency.
So I asked him, “What is a sin, something in the Bible that we’re told not to do, that you don’t struggle with?”
Once he told me, I asked, “What if I told you people think they are just that way in the same way you think you are anxious and that’s who you are?”
All of us have some kind of tendency.
Some of us are more prone to struggle with sexual sin, greed, being stingy, being a workaholic, being dependent or isolating ourselves in relationships. We don’t struggle with all those things.
The reason I know is because some of you read that last sentence and thought, “I don’t struggle with that.”
The point is, just because you struggle with something doesn’t mean you get a pass or you can disregard a verse about that or think that you can’t change that in your life. Jesus can.