I think it is also necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. He is my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier; and he is your representative who serves my needs. He misses you all, and he was upset because you heard he was sick. In fact, he was so sick that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him—and not just on him but also on me, because his death would have caused me great sorrow. Therefore, I am sending him immediately so that when you see him again you can be glad and I won’t worry. So welcome him in the Lord with great joy and show great respect for people like him. He risked his life and almost died for the work of Christ, and he did this to make up for the help you couldn’t give me. So then, my brothers and sisters, be glad in the Lord. It’s no trouble for me to repeat the same things to you because they will help keep you on track. (Philippians 2:25—3:1, CEB)
When we haven’t seen someone for a while we can worry. And when we hear that they are unwell, we can worry more.
But what does our worry do?
Does it help the person we haven’t seen or know is unwell?
Does it help us to worry about something we can not possibly change?
We should turn our worry into actions, into prayer. We can not effect change on a situation by worrying about it, but we might change it by praying. And I know we will change ourselves. We will be focused on God and not the situation and we will not have negative energy flowing but hope and resolve.
So when you start to worry, stop and pray.
That way we can love those around us and have a brighter outlook on life.
Loving People. Loving God.