Worry is not a subsitute for Hope.
“Worry is fear’s extravagance. It extracts interest on trouble before it comes due. It constantly drains the energy our God gives us to face daily problems and to fulfill our many responsibilities. It is therefore a sinful waste. A woman who had lived long enough to have learned some important truths about life remarked, “I’ve had a lot of trouble — most of which never happened!” She had worried about many things that had never occurred, and had come to see the total futility of her anxieties.-unknown
I like how author Rick Warren in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, says to ask ourselves-Who is the center of your life? He suggests if God’s in the center you worship, and if he’s not you worry. He goes on to say worry is the warning light that God has been shoved to the side. Put Him back in the center and you will have peace.
“Don’t fret or worry instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)
Grace be with you.