How to Deal with Financial Worry
If we chose to do so, one could put together a long list of items to worry about when it comes to money. You can worry about it obviously on a personal level. You can also worry about it on the level of what might happen to the future of our country financially.
In reality, God did not design us to worry. God designed us in His perfect image wanting nothing more than a happy and abundant life. Problems, anxiety, fear, etc. are created the moment we take our eyes off of God. We start to see life through our own eyes rather through Faith and in the eyes of God.
We all have a choice when it comes to where we direct our thoughts. We can be consumed with fear or consumed with Faith. I think this is where you find the good news. You have a choice as to where you focus your attention.
The challenge is creating a new habit. We go through our lives practicing the habit of worrying. We become so good at it that it becomes second nature. Now, we have the task of breaking a non-productive habit. So, how do you do so?
Understand the dangerous nature of financial worry
The majority of what we worry about never comes to pass. However, if we continue to worry about something to the point of obsession, it can become a self-fulfilling prophesy. This is the real danger of worry. It is important to guard our minds and our focus.
Philippians 4:17 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This is why daily time in God's word and meditating on God's promises is so important. When the Bible says in the 46th Psalm 'Be still and know that I am God.' Believe in that and develop an unshakable Faith in that promise.
Thank God for your past because it is a gift
Our financial past can either be a benefit or a string of mistakes. We can live a life of financial regret or appreciate a life of learning. Think of your financial past as an investment into your future. Pray about what God would have you learn from your past - what can you take away from your past? Pray that you can let go of the guilt, the regret, the worry, and any negativity that you interpret from your past. Benefit from the lessons of the decisions that created undesired results.
Accept the present
You are where you are because of the choices that you have made. Yes, life can happen and things can go wrong. You still own your response to everything that happens. When our financial past has not worked out, we tend to spend too much time changing that past in our minds. Accept it because your past lessons define who you are going forward.
The irony is that we spend our time worrying about our financial pasts in the present. It is done and over. Be grateful for your past so you can spend your present time in gratitude for all that God has given you.
If you are facing financial hardship in the present, look at it as a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with God and His stewardship plan for your life. Think about the wonderful things God will show you. Just think of every time God will show up in your life. It frames things a little differently - doesn't it?
Your financial future is not defined
I will never retire. I will never get out of all of this debt. I will never get ahead. We use these statements as absolutes in our lives and as a statement that our future is defined. I said earlier accept your past and your present. Dream about your future. I have heard the statement –“I am never going to retire” many times over the past 25 years. I can confidentially say that the people who have uttered those words weren’t always right in their interpretation. Regardless of where you are today there is always some type of financial future that can be created.
Most importantly, it comes down to where we keep our focus and attention. It is a little tough to worry when we focus our attention on everything God has in store for each of us. Become determined to be as good as focusing your attention on God as you are on worrying.