Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. – (Proverbs 12:25, NLT)
Worry takes away your joy, but a kind word makes you happy. – (Proverbs 12:25, ERV)
The weight of worry drags us down, but a good word lightens our day. – (Proverbs 12:25, VOICE)
The whole idea of “Don’t worry, be happy,” is great in theory, but not as simple in its application. Worry’s weight sneaks in and surrounds us before we realize the enormity of its burden we are trying to bear. At times, something so simple as an encouraging word, has the capacity to lessen our load, and remind us that we are not alone with the weight we carry. Ultimately, worry has everything to do with trust. If we cannot see a possible solution, we struggle to trust that there is a way out from under the weight. God tells us to cast our cares upon Him, as He is more than strong enough to bear the burdens that are far too heavy for us on our own. He promises to go before us, remain with us, and never leave us. If we could only remember His encouraging words when worry wanders our way, we would avoid the trap of being burdened by a weight so overwhelming that it steals our joy. May we go forth this day in trust, knowing that the Lord will help carry our loads, as we both hear His words of encouragement to our hearts and be people who extend encouragement to others.
Let not the worries,
Of life weigh you down;
For God is our help,
Our hope that is found.
There’s little as sweet,
As offered kind words;
For they lift us up,
The moment they’re heard.
When worry finds way,
In our hearts and minds;
Help us seek You, Lord,
For Your words are kind.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we do not need to be burdened by the weight of worry, as You are greater than anything that would come against us or seek to steal our joy. Thank You that Your words for us are encouraging and full of life. Thank You that You place people in our lives to encourage us and for us to extend the same. Forgive us for allowing the weight of worry to steal our joy. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You and Your help, as Your arms are more than big enough to bear any burden that lies before us. Help us to encourage others as we are encouraged by You. Show us how to love well, all whom we encounter. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give our worries to You, and allow the truth of Your word to encourage our hearts and minds, so that we may go forth and be an encouragement to those around us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19