Have you ever wondered how words or phrases in the English language originated? I know I have, and just the other day I was thinking about the phrase, “don’t be such a worry wart.” What?
Interestingly enough “worry wart” has an interesting meaning. LOL! According to word-detective.com, wart in the old English referred to an annoying person. Thus when paired with the word “worry” it basically refers to a person who annoys those around him\her with constant loud worrying over nearly everything. A more modern phrase refers to such people as a “Debbie downer” — someone who just sucks the joy out of life and is always searching that one bit of gloomy news. Remember Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh?
The Bible has some encouraging verses for “worry warts.”
31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So if you find yourself beginning to worry about what life is throwing your way, stop and reflect on the Kingdom of God. Remember all the good things He has done for you and the promises He made in the scriptures.
Don’t drive the people around you away with loud lamentations of things that might come. I’ve found out that those things we tend to worry about seldom actually happen. And I had to learn that the hard way.
I am a recovering “worry wart”. In the past I would worry so much about what could be that I would physically get sick. Medical research has shown that worry actually causes you to gain weight and form stomach ulcers.
It was only when I would force myself to think about the Kingdom of God, and force myself to praise Him during the storms of life that I actually found joy. I also began to lose weight and my constant migraines faded.
So my encouraging word to you today is don’t become a “worry wart,” instead focus on the Kingdom!