“Worry in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12: 25, New Life Version)
Fretting and fearing can bring such heaviness to our lives. We feel burdened and weary even when we are well-rested. We feel unhappy even when there is much good around us.
Let’s awake to the adverse effects of worrying and take heart! Allowing our minds to be focused on concerns, ruminating and fixating on troubles, is not doing us or anyone any good. There is wisdom in being alert to what needs healing in our thought and lives, but worrying is not healing. It can really feel like the opposite.
A good word can heal our hearts and bring peace to our experience as well. For that good word is the word of God, of Truth. As we choose to set aside our worry and instead listen for guidance, insight, and inspiration, this settles and calms and leads us to clarity, solutions, and gladness.
We can listen for the good word of God with grateful expectation. And we can also assist others, take the weight of care from them, by offering a good word to them—one that compassionately, understandingly, uplifts and encourages them and naturally brings us enlightenment and joy as well.
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