The waste of worry

Think a minute…Do you remember as a child being afraid of monsters at night? But now that you’re an adult, you know better than to be afraid of things that don’t exist, right? It’s amazing how we adults still have fears and worries about things that are not real. Like the man who said: “Don’t tell me worrying doesn’t help. Almost all the things I worry about never happen to me!”  The crazy thing is that worry and fear make you run from something that is not even chasing you. Besides, “Worry only gives you wrinkles—which is something else to worry about!”

England’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, said that whenever he started to worry, he would remember the man on his deathbed who said: “I’ve had a lot of trouble in my life, and most of it never happened!” It’s not usually work that kills people, it’s worry. When you fear the future, you waste the present. Today has enough trouble of its own, so “At night give your worries to God—He’s up all night anyway!” 

Fear often finds proof for itself. If you are fearful, you will find something to be fearful about. That is why the American President, Franklin Roosevelt, said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Many of us are afraid of what others think—but if we knew how seldom they actually think about us, we would know we have no need to fear or worry about their opinion. 

So whatever you are afraid of or worrying about, ask yourself:  Is it real? And if it is real, how will worrying about it help you? How long will it last? Is it something you can change? If not, how can you best accept it?  Then finally ask yourself:  How important will this be a year from now? Will it be important to me at the end of my life? Today, why not give your life, and all of its worries, to Jesus? Ask Him to take full control. Then, you know that after you have done your best, He will always take care of the rest.  Just think a minute…

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