Good Advice: Refuse to Worry

After the election has passed, I have noticed how many friends and family members are taking it pretty tough. The election depression set in yesterday for millions of people, and it may take a while for that to settle down a bit. Many people had invested so much emotion and time that they were all in, and “in it to win it”, and felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath them Tuesday night.

I must admit with record debt, no clear plan for the future, no budget submitted for 3 years, high unemployment rate, 23 million people out of work, and 17 million more people on food stamps than when the Obama administration took over, that Mitt Romney was going to win the election. But I, and millions of others were wrong.

Many people are in a state of worry, and I was grateful that Bob Christensen sent out a message to refuse to worry.

So, now that we have the election results, there is an important mission that we all must undertake: we need to continue to take care of our families, take care of those in our local communities, and figure out how we can fix our own challenges at the state level. The council that I have given to my family is to focus on us – as a family; focus on our friends and neighbors in our local community; and help our state leaders know what we are expecting from them. We seem to have more control over these issues than we do over what the next four years holds at the national level.

We need to keep our leaders in our prayers that they will put people before politics. That they will be for strengthening our country and economy. And, that they will Imagine a better and brighter outlook for Economic Freedom.

We all know that our national and local leaders will have an agenda to push. But we must never forget that we still have a voice, and we still can make a difference by being involved…even if that involvement may only be to offer prayers. We can offer prayers to a loving God who inspired men over 230 years ago to craft the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the United States of America. We need to remind our leaders of these sacred and inspired documents that keep us free from bondage and tyranny.

In the mean time, we need to refuse to worry about what the election results mean. We need to refuse to worry about this and many other things that are stealing away our emotions, our health, and our time.

Bob also reminds us: “You won’t be able to add a single hour to your life if you worry.”

Whether it’s the election or something else that you are worrying about today, just remember that to worry means you are allowing something to revolve around in your mind over and over again. God doesn’t want you and me to live worried or anxious about anything. Worrying only steals your peace and joy, and it affects every area of your life. I’m sure you have you heard the saying, “Don’t worry yourself sick.” Why did someone coin that phrase? It’s because worrying affects your physical body as well as your mental capacity and emotions.

Worry affects your sleep – many of us can relate to this reality. We have all lost sleep over something that was bothering us. But when you look back on it, the result is always the same: You won’t ever gain anything by worrying; in fact, you’ll lose precious moments that you can never magically recover or get back.

The good news is that God has promised that you and I can have victory over worry. It starts by making the choice to trust in Him. When you cast your cares on Him, He will give you His peace.

Decide today to put an end to worry in your life. Make a choice to feed your faith and fill your mind with positive thoughts, and God’s promises. Read a few passages from the Bible, or an inspiring book, or a positive letter you once received. As you focus on the positive and on His Word, you’ll drive out worry. As you focus on the blessings you already have, and fill your heart with faith and expectancy; you will be empowered to move forward into the life of blessings that He has in store for you!

From a modern day prophet and religious leader respected by leaders from around the world, Harold B. Lee once said: “Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail…This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world…Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won’t fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.

I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through.”

I believe this, and refuse to worry about what will happen, or what men can do. Stay the course, keep believing in God and yourself, and all things will work together for your good, and for mine.

Thanks Bob for reminding us all to refuse to worry!

Brian

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