I recently heard a funny, but insightful, story I want to share with you. A man had a severe problem with worrying about anything and everything. Little by little it was taking a toll on him emotionally, mentally and physically. A friend of his who knew the man quite well encountered him at a store one day.
“Sam, it’s been a while; how are you doing? Much better. Thanks for asking. You know, Jim, I used to be quite a worrier, but I’ve resolved the issue. Tell me about it, Sam. Well, I hired someone to worry for me, so I don’t have to worry anymore.
You’re kidding me. No, it’s working quite well. How much are you paying this guy? Well, Jim you’re not going to believe this, but he’s asking for one million dollars a year. Sam, how in the world are you going to come up with a million bucks to pay him. That’s his worry, not mine!
Granted, it’s not true, but I'll bet you laughed as you read it.
The fact of the matter is that there’s lots to worry about these days. Not only your own issues--which could be financial, relational, vocational, physical--but the general state of things in the world.
I have come to the conclusion that if I want to hear bad news I watch television and read the newspaper. If I want to hear good news, I read my Bible.
Here are three of my favorite verses on worry that I find myself going to quite often these days:
“He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” Psalm 112:7, The Living Bible
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the times comes.” Matthew 6:34, The Message
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6,7, The Message
What do you mean it doesn’t pay to worry.
Most of the things I worry about never happen!
It's not what you eat that can kill you, but what's eating you!
Excessive wory can be absolutely devastating and steal your joy and pece in Jesus; and the fact is that you and I don't need to worry, because the Lord is bigger than our fears and our worries.