If You Worry, Why Pray? If You Pray, Why Worry?

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Kyle at Kanuga 2015

Kyle at Kanuga 2015

I was at the Kanuga Retreat and Conference Center in Hendersonville NC a few years ago, and this lady walked up to me and said, “Just imagine in your mind, if you never had to worry again!”

The crazy thing is that though I remember very clearly this idea being impressed upon me, I have no idea who the lady was. (are you out there?)

Maybe the question threw me for such a loop that I just didn’t register the lady.

Because I remember the revolt that happened inside my mind. “What do you mean?” “Are you crazy?” “There are bills and I have a family to take care of.” “I have plenty of things to worry about!”

Being a life-long card-carrying member of the Worry Society, I could not imagine in my mind the idea of having nothing to worry about.

Worrying is my natural state.

After all, there are lots of things to worry about. We have to make something of ourselves. We have to take care of ourselves and our families.

“What if I don’t get into the school?” “What if I get in but then fail?” “What if I get in and graduate and then don’t get the job?” “What if I get the job and they fire me?” “What if my car breaks down and I don’t have enough money to fix it?” “What if I am not doing this right?” “Maybe I should have gone another route in life?”

There was a good while there when I was not worrying. I thought I had mastered the art of not worrying, and I had cut up my card.

But over the past year or so, things happened that were a little more than I was used to dealing with, both good and bad, and somewhere along the line, my card magically put itself back together again.

And it came back bigger and badder than ever before, in the form of anxiety attacks and basically me being a nervous wreck.

So I find myself climbing back out of the rabbit hole once again. Going through the process once again of assessing situations, using affirmations and prayer, talking with friends and being honest about what is going on inside me.

When you have God in your life, or when you have a faith in the flow and the Goodness of the Universe, there is no worry.

Worry= guilt, fear, anger, frustration, and resentment. When you are worried, you cannot enjoy anything or anyone. Half the time you cannot pay attention to anything or anyone because you are so caught up in worry.

Faith= confidence, acceptance, sureness, understanding and compassion. When you have faith you can actually just enjoy your life. You can pay attention to those around you. You can be much more useful.

Slowly but surely I am more and more experiencing faith again. It isn’t usually all day every day, but there are times during the day when I can just sit back and feel good and okay.

Because I am working a spiritual program and doing things to cultivate faith.

Thought for today: What are we doing in order to cultivate our faith today? 

Affirmation: “If you worry, why pray? If you pray, why worry?” 

SPL cover (3)Kyle Shiver is a musician, inspirational speaker, and author. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spiritual Healing from the Yogananda Institute. You can get your copy of his new book, “Solving the Puzzle’s of Life” at AMAZON

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