Matthew 6:34 - Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
There are people lately who say that I worry too much. I’m always fretting about something. But what if I’m just concerned about a matter? What’s the difference?
Concern is more positive than worry. Concern focuses on something that might happen and is focused on wanting to solve the problem. Concern will cause you to investigate and look for a way to complete a task.
Worry can be more negative than concern. It is fretting about the future. Worry doesn’t benefit the one constantly thinking that nothing good can come out of the situation, while concern will take the steps necessary to find a solution.
Worry – What am I going to do?
Concern – Let’s see how we can solve the problem.
Worry - Focusing on the problem.
Concern - Focusing on the solution.
Worry – Paralyzes the person and they don’t move.
Concern – Let’s get moving. There’s always something we can do.
Barbraveling.com has an excellent article titled, “Worry vs. Concern:8 Characteristics of each.” It digs more deeply into the problem of moving yourself from worry to concern and shows some ways to conquer your worry.
Take a look also at the Bible verse above. It admonishes us to now worry about tomorrow. And it’s true tomorrow certainly will have much that can worry us, but let’s just focus on solving today’s concerns and turning our worries over to God.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.