|Worry is one thing that does not take a whole lot of practice to do. It is almost as certain as birth and death. As people we don’t need any one to teach us to worry, we just do it!
I have spent a lot of time worrying over the last week and today the Lord used a little book to convict me of that sin in my life. The book was a bunch of quotes out of books written by Chuck Swindoll made into little devotionals. For me it is one of those toilet reading books. Anyway the page in the book talked about how we as people simply like to worry. At the end he refers to worry as a companion. The more I thought of it the more I was convinced that he was right. Worry is like a teddy bear!
Many little kids use teddy bears for comfort. When nothing else is there they find a great companion in that teddy bear that will never walk away from them. For so many people worry is like that. They need worry for comfort. When nothing else is going on in their minds they use worry as a companion. They find something to worry about even when they aren’t worrying simply for something to do!
As believers we are to find companionship and comfort in Christ alone. Just like a teddy bear will eventually dissapoint a child because it will not interact so too worry will leave the companion with nothing but grey hair and a sour stomach. Instead in those times where their is nothing going on we need to connect with our savior and find intimacy. If we choose to connect with worry it will end up leaving us lonely and sick, robbing us from intimacy with those whom we are close.
Today choose to find intimacy with Christ and friends not worry. It is okay for nothing to go on in your mind. Be okay with being alone and find companionship with Christ. A teddy bear is only good for so long but eventually it will leave its owner empty. With all the worry I have done this week I have accomplished nothing, that is sad! So I pray that God will give me the strength every moment to choose his companionship and comfort over the soft emptiness of a teddy bear!