One of my favorite Jamaican proverbs says: “don’t worry, be happy!”
Don’t worry! I have found that in life, we can very easily get unnecessarily stressed out, anxious, worried and afraid about different situations in out lives. One study shows that as many as 85% of our greatest fears actually never happen. One of my favorite books “The 4:8 Principle” suggests that we think over 50,000 thoughts daily and over half of them are negative.
I read a quote this week in an email an encourager of mine sent to me that says: “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” -Carlos Castaneda. The idea here is that we can choose to have a great day or a lousy day- not based on our circumstances but based on our perspective and our attitude.
Be happy! This Jamaican proverb that I like is biblical too! Philippians 4:6 says- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” The passage goes on to say in Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Lastly, in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
My takeaway personally is to take every thought captive- to actually think about what I am thinking about. I want to have a relaxed approach even to stressful situation, being a non-anxious presence. My goal is to pray instead of worry! What a great option there is for us to experience the peace of God in our hearts instead of the anxiousness and pressures of this world in our heads. There’s even a great theologian Bob Marley who wrote a song about this!
Maybe there’s a challenge you are facing, a battle you are fighting or a concern that you have right now. There is a way you can not worry about it any longer and be happy, truly happy! I’d love to hear your thoughts and your experiences in the comments below: