It seems easy these days to be a victim. We feel attacked when someone cuts us off in a parking lot, or when the cashier apologizes for us when we take too long to find our coupons. We’re beat up when a friend is critical of us not responding to an email, or when a spouse feels like we’re not listening to them. Identity theft and fraud has given us a whole new fear of victimization.
We are even victims of ourselves sometimes…our critical thinking, thoughts of “you’re not that smart” and “no one really cares”. We have lots of opportunities to play the victim card. We can even feel like we’re victims of worry. I’ve thought before
I can’t help that I worry.
I can’t stop worrying.
I hope someday it just goes away.
These thoughts leave us feeling stuck, yet justified. Helpless. Victimized and unable to move against this enemy called worry.
But I believe we are not victims of worry.
Worry is a crafty enemy, but not one against which we are unarmed. I began Cast Your Worries to help us develop a battle plan against worry. We must first believe we are not victims of our worry…that we can actually, legitimately fight against it, with the help of God. We don’t have to wait around, praying for it to stop, or hoping that someday our trust in God will defeat our worry.
Imagine if General Patton used the same strategy in World War II as he led troops into battle. Just wait for it to stop. Just trust the enemy will go away. The War would probably have turned out very differently. Patton was an exceptional general because he had a solid strategy for fighting the enemy.
We need a solid strategy to battle worry.
And it’s not as simple as ‘just trust God‘. It’s more complex than ‘pray about it’. And be certain, we’re not going to be helpless victims any longer when it comes to worry. The strategy? It involves
Each week at Cast Your Worries, we’ll look more closely at one aspect of a strategy to battle worry. Hopefully we’ll be able to put together an attack on our worry. It is my prayer that God bless us with victories over our worry, that we begin to look at this enemy differently, and that we know better our trustworthy God.
So friends, cast off your victim garb and take up your sword. We have some work to do!
The name Cast Your Worries is taken from Psalm 55:22
“Cast your cares (worries) on the Lord,and He will sustain you.”