Warrior or Worrier

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Have you ever noticed that two words can sound so similar and yet hold different meaning? A friend pointed this very thing out to me the other day with the words worrier and warrior. Even reading the words next to each other, it’s easy to get them mixed up. When my friend brought this up, I was struck by how alike the words “worrier” and “warrior” sound and yet how completely opposite they are. The words worrier and warrior don’t just hold different meanings, they are the antithesis of one another. Someone who is worrying cannot be a warrior, and a warrior will never waste time worrying. We can either choose to be worriers or to be warriors. We cannot simultaneously be both.

Matthew 6:33-34 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Most of us, I would imagine, want to be warriors. Worrying is never something that we seek out to do, and a worrier is not who we want to be. But it’s easy to feel powerless against worry. It seems to sneak into our minds without permission and hold us hostage. The truth is, though, we do have power. That is one of the many gifts God gives us, the power of choice over our own thoughts and beliefs.

There are several key differences between being a worrier and being a warrior. The good news is, we get to choose which one we want to be. There is no in between.

  • A worrier focuses on what he cannot control; a warrior is fully engaged in the current moment, aware and alert
  • A worrier drops his head in shame and defeat; a warrior holds his head high in confidence and victory
  • A worrier doesn’t trust anyone, including themselves and God; a warrior trusts greatly, for he knows where his power comes from
  • A worrier is sick inside; a warrior is strong and in the peak of health
  • A worrier fears the days ahead; a warrior laughs at them
  • A worrier is paralyzed by thoughts of tomorrow; a warrior never stops advancing

The greatest deciding factor in whether we will be a worrier or a warrior lies in what we decide to do with fear. Will we hold on to it and grovel in it, sinking deeper and deeper? Or will we move forward in spite of it, using our fears as a gripping point to advance? A worrier becomes bogged down in the material circumstances immediately surrounding them all the while conjuring up worse and worse possibilities for the future. A warrior, on the other hand, pushes forward no matter the circumstances and without fear for what lies ahead.

In life’s toughest moments when it seems like the sky is falling down around us and we feel like Chicken Little, unequipped and afraid, we have a choice to make. We can either run around worried, like Chicken Little does the first time he’s hit in the head with a piece of the sky, causing everyone else to burst into a panic, or we can take on the situation as it exists, like Chicken Little ultimately does, and do what needs to be done to resolve the issue at hand. In the end, Chicken Little sets aside his fear and worry and saves the world from alien invasion. The circumstances didn’t get better before he decided to face his fears and be a warrior. In fact, they got a whole lot worse! But his response to his circumstances changed, and he was able to overcome what had previously stricken him with worry.

When we worry, we become so internally focused that we can’t see anything but the bad. We become self-centered and blinded by our own fears, myopic and paralyzed. When we choose to be a warrior, though, we turn our focus outwards onto God and onto the world around us, we stop looking at our own fears and shortcomings, and we decide to tackle life as it comes.

Worriers get stuck, there’s no other outcome to worrying. Warriors, on the other hand, never stop advancing. Warriors only grow stronger in the face of adversity while theirs fears seem to get smaller and smaller. Warriors are not delusional about their humanity, but rather are humble, and from their humility succeed by trusting in a Power greater than their own. In the midst of the struggle, warriors find peace. Warriors live from a place of victory; warriors are victorious before the battle even begins.

The greatest beauty of all is knowing that we are not victim to worry. It is a choice. We can be warriors, victorious, in any and every moment life brings us. We don’t have to be weighed down by fear of what’s to come; instead, we can take hold of it and keep moving forward. Life isn’t going to be easy. In fact, God promises that in this world we will have trouble. But we can take heart, for He has overcome the world. And it is from that place that we become warriors – engaged, confident, strong, trusting, joyful, ever-growing, victorious warriors.

9 Comments

  1. Chelle says:

    Thank you so much for this Rebecca! You don’t understand how much I needed this post today! God bless you 💕

    • admin says:

      I am so glad, Chelle!! This post is so important to me and my life right now too! Such an important thing to remind ourselves daily! Thanks for reading!! <3

  2. azzama says:

    This is such a great post. thanks for sharing.

  3. Mica says:

    Awww, this is beautiful!

    It’s such a good reminder to always trust in a bigger plan. I really needed this, Rebecca.

    Lately I got into some kind of “quarter-life crisis” (I’m only 21 lol) where I was doubting if my plans for becoming a creative entrepreneur were worth it. I went back and forth in this terrible rut of overthinking and worrying, and I forgot something really important – to trust that I am exactly where I need to be right now.

    And when I think about it, I have all these amazing tiny victories that are pointing me to the sign that I’m heading the right direction. For example, I monetized my one-month-old blog (right when I was wondering if it was worth it), I broke 200 email subscribers in a little over 30 days (when I thought no one was reading), and there’s honestly so much to be thankful for!

    Thank you again for this. <3

    Mica | Mind of Mica

  4. Alyx Koch says:

    This is amazing! Thank you for your perspective, and please keep sharing and writing!

  5. Jani says:

    Loved the super positive and motivational tone in this! I feel like you can be both but the goal should be to use the warrior mentality to tackle the worry and turn it into something productive and motivatinal! Thanks for sharing!

    Jani | My Life in Medicine

  6. Cin says:

    Very powerful post. I think I am going to print your bullet points to have them handy. Comforting words 🙂

  7. Aldina says:

    Powerful and deep post. <3

  8. Such a great post. These two words have crossed my mind lately and I too have just thought about the vast differences between them and am so grateful for you so clearly outlining them. Love this.

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