“The waste of worry”

Think a minute…Do you remember as a child being afraid of the boogie man or 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 isn’t even chasing you. Besides, worry only gives you wrinkles, which is just something else to worry about!

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

Fear and worry is kind of like a rocking chair: it keeps you going, but you don’t get anywhere! And if you can’t help worrying, remember that worrying can’t help you either. Fear will often find proof for itself. If you’re fearful, you’ll find something to be fearful about.

That’s 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’d know not to worry.

So whatever you’re 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 and handle 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 its worries, to Jesus Christ? Ask Him to take charge. Then you’ll know that after you’ve done your best, He’ll always take care of the rest.  Just Think a Minute…

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