Why worry

Wouldn’t it be nice if WORRY would pay our bills and make our problems go away and bring us happiness? If worry would pay I wouldn’t have any unpaid bills and maybe I would be rich as well but I haven’t experienced that yet. Have you?  So then, why do we still worry? If it doesn’t pay our bills, if it doesn’t make our problems go away, if it doesn’t make us happy, why are will still worrying?

Maybe your one of the people that thinks that if you don’t worry your irresponsible, as if worrying will make you more responsible.

Aren’t many of the worries self inflicted? We worry about being late for an appointment etc the problem might be that we left late and the solution is to start earlier. We worry about the many unpaid bills; part of the solution might before a purchase to consider if you really need it and if you can afford it. Down the list you go.

Since I haven’t discovered yet how WORRY pays I tend to follow the advice of Jesus:

Mat 6:34  Never worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Mat 6:27  Can any of you add a single hour to your span of life by worrying?

This reminds me of the following stories:


A French soldier in WW1 carried with him this little receipt for worry:

“Of two things, one is certain. Either you are at the front, or you are behind the lines. If you are at the front, of two things one is certain. Either you are exposed to danger, or you are in a safe place. If you are exposed to danger, of two things one is certain. Either you are wounded, or you are not wounded. If you are wounded, of two things one is certain. Either you recover, or you die. If you recover, there is no need to worry. If you die, you can’t worry. SO WHY WORRY?”


Bishop Bashford, in one of his Episcopal tours in China, was one night compelled to sleep outdoors, under the trees, the hotel keeper warning him about marauders. Being watchful & wakeful awhile, he thought of the words of the Psalmist, & then said to the Lord, “There is no use both of us being wake,” so he slept the sleep of the just.


Oliver Cromwell’s secretary was dispatched to the continent on some important business. He stayed one night at a seaport town, & tossed on his bed, unable to sleep.

According to an old custom, a servant slept in his room, & on this occasion slept soundly enough. The secretary at length awakened the man who asked how it was that his master could not rest.
“I am so afraid something will go wrong with the embassage,” was the reply.
“Master,” said the valet, “may I ask a question or two?”
“To be sure.”
“Did God rule the world before we were born?”
“Most assuredly He did.”
“And will He rule it after we are dead?”
“Certainly He will.”
“Then, master, why not let Him rule the present, too?”
The secretary’s faith was stirred, peace was the result, & in a few minutes both he & his servant were in sound asleep.


Francis C. Ellis tells about a business man who drew up what he called a “Worry Chart,” in which he kept a record of his worries. He discovered that 40 per cent of them were about things that probably would never happen; 30 per cent concerned past decisions that he could not now unmake; 12 per cent dealt with other people’s criticism of him; And 10 per cent were worries about his health. He concluded that only 8 per cent of them were really legitimate.


When Caesar was advised by his friends to be more cautious as to the security of his person, and not to walk among the people without arms or anyone to protect him, he replied: “He who lives in the fear of death, every moment feels its tortures; I will die but once.”

There is a great difference between worry and concern. Worry frets about a problem. Concern solves the problem.

One good rule for living is not to worry about the future until we have learned to manage the present.

The reason worry kills more people than work is that people worry more than they work.

Last but not least here are a couple promises from God’s word: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm27:1

The fear of man bringeth a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”Proverbs 29:25

Will you believe Him and His promises? Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.

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