Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

08/07/2019

Joe Chesser

Fruitland MO

 

Worry Robs Life

 

  Every one of us has the same amount of time each day – 24 hours /1440 minutes. Time is what life is made of. So, since time is so precious:

• Why waste a single minute of it in useless worry?

• What’s the point of worry?

• What good does it accomplish? None whatsoever!

 

  Read carefully what Bob Proctor has written: Clearly understand, there isn’t any situation that isn’t made worse by worry. Worry never solves anything. Worry never prevents anything. Worry never heals anything. Worry only serves one purpose – It makes matters worse. How? Well, quite simply, when we are focused on worrying about something we’ll never be able to focus on a solution. Be aware that our mind can’t focus on two things at the same time – It can either focus on the current situation and worry, or on a solution. The choice is always ours.

 

James Kurtz says:

• If we worry, we don’t trust...

• If we trust, we don’t worry.

"Worry doesn't empty tomorrow of its grief, but it does empty today of its joy.”

 

  More importantly, the Bible tells us that we are not to worry about anything: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"  (Philippians4.6-7). That sounds like a pretty good trade: my anxieties for His peace! Then Jesus encourages us to not worry about food, drink, clothing; reminding us that God cares for the birds of the air and the grass in the field, and he'll provide for us as well... "Therefore do not worry..." Matthew 6.25-34). God wants us to trust Him to provide the things we need in life. But even more, He wants us to allow Him to fill our lives with peace by giving Him all our anxieties and concerns: "casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5.7).

 

  Instead of wasting our precious time in useless worry, displace the worry with its positive opposite. Everything negative has a positive opposite, including worry. Instead of fretting over people and problems, work with God toward good solutions. But by all means, don’t allow worry to rob us of life and its joys. 

 

  Most of our worries are a total waste of time. According to Bob Proctor, 40% of the things we worry about never happen, 30% of the things we worry about are over and done with and cannot be changed, 12% are over needless concerns about our health, and 10% are just petty miscellaneous worries. Only 8% of the things we worry about are legitimate concerns; 92% of our worries rob us of a joyful and peaceful life. But, as always, the choice is entirely ours!

 

—Joe Chesser

    Fruitland MO