The opposite of worry is peace. If our thoughts make a blanket for our minds, worry would create a tapestry of thorns and peace would create a fleece of comfort. Which one sounds more pleasing for us to curl up in?
Our brains consist of the most unique, specialized tissue in the body. Its condition and health effects every aspect of our being—mind, body and soul. Wrapping our brains with a tapestry of worry will elevate a negative environment in our lives, which can lead to damaging effects. This is why the Bible expressly commands us to take captive every thought.
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10.5 ESV).
We wouldn’t wrap a baby in tapestry of thorns, yet we do this daily with the delicate and precious tissues of our mind. Jesus promises us that we can have peace. This peace doesn’t always come intuitively or from our current circumstances. This peace is a gift from Jesus Christ, but we must receive His peace like a soft, fleece blanket and put it around us.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 4.27 NIV).
Jesus says He is giving us His peace, but we must accept it, take off the tapestry of thorns and wrap our lives in it. The enemy wants us to live in worry, doubt and defeat, and He is constantly accusing us before God (Revelation 12.10). However, Jesus is always interceding on our behalf at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8.34). Every moment we have two blankets being offered to us–the worry of the enemy or the peace of Jesus.
Jesus desires to fill our lives with joy, strength, prosperity and victory; but we must start with claiming His peace. There will always be a blanket wrapping our minds, but we can choose daily which blanket we want. Do we want the scraping thorns of the enemy or the gentle fleece of Jesus Christ?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4.6-7 NIV).
So choose peace today and let the worry fall by the wayside. Worry doesn’t add a single day to your life; in fact, it will only rob you of the minutes you waste doing it!
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6.27 ESV).