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A couple of years ago we went to Australia. We were on vacation in the land of "no worries" mate. Unfortunately I learned my Dad had a fall just after we left and I spent a lot of time worrying. Right now I have to confess I'm worried about a friend who has some uncertainty in her cancer treatment and recovery.

I have two faults. OK, only two that I can admit to in a short amount of space. First, I come from a long line of worriers. It's in my genes. Second, I'm a guy. While that alone is not a fault, let's be honest guys, we're hunters, fixers, problem solvers; we like to be in control.

God is very clear on the subject of worry; He speaks of it in multiple places In the Bible including Matthew 6. He makes it clear that worry accomplishes nothing (vs.27). He says that worry is a lack of faith (vs. 30), and it’s the kind of thing that dominates the thoughts of unbelievers (vs.32).

Our lack of faith or trust is exemplified by our desire to be in control of all circumstances instead of surrendering control and our trust to God.

In Philippians 4:6 Gods says "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” So in spite of my human weaknesses and natural tendencies toward worry, I really try to make an effort to be positive and encouraging. One way that works for me is no matter the circumstances, I try to remember the abundance of blessings that God provides every day. It's easy to see someone whose circumstances are much worse, and how great my blessings are in comparison. It also helps to reflect on past challenges and see how in retrospect God made those challenges a wonderful opportunity for me to grow personally and to grow closer to him. It helps to reflect on the proven fact that God always has a better plan for me than the one I had for myself.

I'm not always successful, and on a few occasions my friends have even called me Eyore, that sad, but loveable friend of Winnie the Pooh. Next time you face challenges remember to choose to count your blessings, to be positive, and to put your trust In God. Others are watching, and as a Christian your lack of trust in God shows a lack of faith in God (vs.30 and 32)

Prayer: God your blessings are too numerous to count. Forgive me for worrying about challenges. Help me to surrender control and trust in your perfect plan. Help me to shine the light on you through my positive attitude and faith in you. Amen

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