Kick the Habit
The cares of this
world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things
entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
– Mark 4:19
Most people these days don’t think much about worry. They’re so
accustomed to it. To them it’s normal. Some people are proud that they
worry. They seem to think that to love their family is to worry about
But Jesus considered it deadly! He listed it as one of the few
things that can kill off your harvest—even after the Word has taken root
in your life.
No doubt the coming year will fly by as quickly as the past year,
but, praise God, you can make it more glorious and more victorious than
any year in your life. How? By making one decision, right now, before
the year gets underway. You can decide that this is the year you’ll quit
“Quit worrying?” you ask. “Gloria, you might as well tell me to
quit breathing! I’ve worried all my life. And this year I have more
reason to worry than ever!”
On the contrary. The more problems you’re facing, the more reason
you have not to worry! You see, the Word of God can overcome any
problem in your life. If you’ll plant it in the good soil of your heart
and let it grow unhindered, it will eventually grow up and produce a
harvest greater than any problem.
Notice I said it must grow unhindered. The greatest tool of the
devil to hinder the Word from working in your life is described in Mark
4:19. The “cares of this world” in that verse mean one word: worry.
“OK, Gloria, I’m ready to quit worrying. This is the year for me!”
If you’re ready to make that decision, great! But let me warn you
up front—worry is a habit. If you’re going to rid yourself of it,
you’ll have to be diligent. I know that from experience. I come from a
long line of worriers. I’ll never forget the verse that helped me kick
the habit: “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly
to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will,
and] so shall your plans be established and succeed” (Proverbs 16:3, The
When I read that verse, I decided to believe it. Once I did, I
began to quit worrying like an alcoholic quits drinking—one moment at a
time. I’d have a worried thought and I’d roll it over on the Lord. About
60 seconds later, I’d have another worried thought so I’d roll that one
over on the Lord too.
I did that over and over every few minutes. But as I continued to
resist worried thoughts and to feed on God’s Word, those thoughts began
to be further apart. I hardly ever have a worried thought anymore!
So kick the habit! Apply Proverbs 16:3 every time worry knocks at
your door. Pretty soon, it’ll be normal for you not to worry! You’ll be
Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7