As a young child I worried about everything, I mean everything, even though I had a loving family and was well looked after. Friends, Mum and Dad, siblings, you name it, I worried about it. I was often in tears because the compulsion within me forced me to think about something countless times before I could allow myself to move on. This obsessive compulsive disorder was beginning to control my life.
I had always known about Jesus. I used to attend church with my family in a ritualistic way. I just went because that's what we always did. But my life changed completely just before I started secondary school.
When I was 10 I went to a young people's Christian camp where I heard that Jesus died on the cross for me and took the punishment for all the wrong things I had done, my shame and my worries, so that I could have a personal and intimate relationship with Him.
I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me including the countless times I had let worry control me. Immediately I knew God's forgiveness and that He was now in control of my life rather than my worries.
I look back now and I can see that it was actually from this moment my worries ceased to dominate me. That doesn't mean life has been plain sailing, but I know that when I do little odd things, nothing terrible is going to happen. One of the biggest changes in my life is that worries are no longer controlling me. I believe the Bible verse which says "Cast all your anxieties onto Jesus because He cares for you". It is so amazing to know that Jesus loves me and wants to take all my worries and anxieties away.
If you are a worrier and want to know more peace and joy in your life why don't you find out more about Jesus? He can do the same for you.