Worry was always destructive, but is there something good like or in worry?
There is another side to worry. There is a thin line between destructive worry and “constructive concern.” You may have defended your tendency to worry as being only genuine concern, but honesty requires that you take a closer look at your heart and your motives. Psalm 51:6 “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.”
The worry we are used to has a negative focus on the future, speculating on what may or may not happen and then fearing the worst. Worries like, “What if I loose my job?” But the Word of God says in Matthew 6:31 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
- Destructive worry paralyses, decreases creativity, thwarts initiative, end up in fretting, wants to control the future, fears the worst, is negative to others, keeps you from the important things. A typical example of destructive worry is: “I’m so worried go out today, what if there will be a bomb blast downtown, like in Boston yesterday? I am never going to leave the house again” or “I’m so worried that my child might drown that I’m never going to let her anywhere near the water.”
- Constructive concern is different, it growths creativity, inspires, encourages initiative, normally results in calm focusing, tries to improve the future, strives for the best, is perceived as positive, directs the mind to what is positive. A typical example of constructive concern is: “I’m so concerned that my child can’t swim that I’ve made arrangements to give her swimming lessons.” Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”