14th – 15th March
“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up”
Life is so short, so unpredictable and so fragile. Worrying doesn’t add anything to your life. Rather it probably reduces your lifespan (not a scientific fact). If life is so short, then we shouldn’t waste time worrying. Yet the truth is that we do worry. We do let worry take over our lives and let it become like an unassailable mountain.
Yet if we are praying, as mentioned in yesterdays post, we gain victory by trusting in God and making Him priority in our lives. Prayer gives our problems to Jesus. The responsibility becomes His. We exchange our heavy, burdened hearts for joyful, free and living hearts. Worry focuses on ME but praying focuses on Jesus.
We also have a greater responsibility to encourage and cheer up our friends. Today’s proverb says exactly that, “an encouraging word cheers a person up”. Good words bring life. It has the opposite effect to worry. Worry weighs you down, but a good word lifts us up. It is so true that when you are down and burdened, an uplifting encouraging word can make all the difference and put your worries into perspective. Our challenge is to find someone to encourage and to give a good word to. Not only will it help them but will help you too.