Did you know that the recent economic crisis is not just affecting Wall Street? It’s affecting people, too. News 14 Carolina reported that mental health issues (anxiety, depression, and sleep problems) have increased since the onset of the recession. Interestingly, the solution to these problems is quite simple. A psychiatrist featured on the segment said maintaining a positive attitude can work wonders!
I can’t think of a better route to a positive attitude than shifting your focus from worrying to worship. That’s JESUS’ advice in the verses cited above. HE said, “Don’t waste time worrying about your basic needs. Instead, use the energy spent worrying to seek MY way, will and word.” And, if we follow HIS advice, we’ll receive tremendous benefits: GOD will give us everything we need. In other words, if we give GOD what HE needs – our attention and devotion – then HE’LL give us everything we need.
Let’s not worry about the recurring reports of economic failure; instead, let’s devote our attention to GOD and HIS will for our lives. If we shift our focus to HIM, then we’ll be worry free! That’s why Isaiah wrote, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock” (Isaiah 26:3-4, New Living Translation).