Have you ever thought about what it means to worry? We’ve all done it. I find myself doing it quite often. I worry that Siri will forget to set my alarm to wake me up in the morning. I find myself worrying that I will overdraft again this month and face inevitable penalty charges from my bank. I worry that the man of my dreams will never find me, or that he has most likely died in a fatal car accident and I will never get the chance to meet him and will end up alone and single for the remainder of my existence on earth. Okay, that last scenario was a bit dramatic, but the struggle of worrying is real none-the-less. It can capture our thoughts for hours, days, or even months at a time. In Philippians 4:6, Paul addresses the struggle of worrying with the church of Philippi:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” -Philippians 4:6
Worry is not the attitude of a heart connected to God. Worry signifies the habitual attitude of the unsaved heart that is completely disconnected from God. Paul realized the struggle of his people and called them to stop looking to themselves to meet their needs and to start looking to the One who has already met their biggest need–the need for a Savior.
All relationships require communication. When was the last time you shared your struggles or worries with God? When was the last time you believed that He could and would take care of them? Talk to God. Tell Him what’s on your heart. The struggle may be very real, but so is He.
Haley Veturis is the Social Media Manager for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. A a natural-born connector, she is passionate about helping leaders embrace social media as a main communication platform that connects the brand to the consumer. She recently Co-Founded Social Ecclesia, where Haley teaches hundreds of church leaders the importance of digital presence in the church. She and her sister, Rochelle Veturis-Coles, Co-Founded The OC Social Media Summit and continue to thrive as social influencers in Orange County. In her spare time, Haley enjoys staying active with CrossFit, consuming delicious coffee and speaking at conferences across the country & around the world… thanks to the inter-webs. You can find and follow her on twitter @HaleyVeturis