Doh hot yuh head! (Trinidadian for- Don’t Worry/be Anxious about it!)

by | September 29, 2016

Worry is…

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

 

 stop-worryingOne of the joys of studying in the beautiful twin-island republic of Trinidad & Tobago is to engage in listening to the rhythmic sing-song nature of the local accent. However, there is one statement that has stood out for me in speaking with my Trinbagonian friends- “Doh hot yuh head!” For the casual listener this may come across as a bit confusing and albeit hilarious. However, what is being said here is to not hurt your head over something or someone. Essentially, don’t worry or be anxious about it. Worry is the suicide bomber of joy and peace of mind.  It will infiltrate a community, dress like the locals and wreck the nation.  The enemy knows that for a Christian if he can rob you of your joy, he can rob you of your victory. No wonder we have an increase in the amount of unhappy believers among us today. You see, sometimes we can be caught up in drilling ourselves for the fight against the “principalities and rulers of darkness in high places” that we forget the weapon that no man should steal. Nehemiah 8:10 says without hesitation  that “the joy of the Lord is your strength”.

 

Peace is…

 

The true muscle of this battle is not in your skill in combat, but in tworryinghe confidence of your joy in Christ. You can’t win a battle on the outside and lose your mind on the inside. As the verse says today, God wants to give you that peace that passes all understanding; I call it, the indifference of peace. No, it doesn’t suggest insensitivity to all that is going on around you; but it is the stubbornness of faith in God’s plan to the point that your mind  purposely stays at peace. This peace is a direct result of your faith. Don’t allow another second of your life to go by in worry; it does nothing but leave its victims crippled with fear.  Don’t let the naysayers shift your mind from  the battle with worry about your circumstances. Next time it comes to rob you of your joy, reload your faith.