My friend, may I ask you a question? if only about 8% of all the issues in our lives really turn out to be something, why is it that we spend so much time in worry and stress about all the rest? Literally, would we look like fools because of our foolishness?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
An average person’s anxiety is focused on: 40% -- things that will never happen, 30% -- things about the
past that can’t be changed, 12% -- things about criticism by others, mostly untrue, 10% -- about health, which gets worse with stress, 8% -- about real problems that will be faced.
So, if only about 8% of all the issues in our lives really turn out to be something, why is it that we spend so much time in worry and stress about all the rest? If we sat down and evaluated the following day everything that we were concerned about for that day on the day prior, it would, ultimately, result in an exercise of shame and embarrassment. Literally, we would look like fools because of our foolishness. What had appeared to us to be of great importance 24 hours earlier, for the most part, has resulted in the trivial, matters without consequence.
I love this story. J. Arthur Rank, an English executive, decided to do all his worrying on one day each week. He chose Wednesdays. When anything happened that gave him anxiety and annoyed his ulcer, he would write it down and put it in his “worry box” and forget about it until the next Wednesday. The interesting thing was that, on the following Wednesday when he opened his worry box, he found that most of the things that had disturbed him the past six days were already settled. It would have been useless to have worried about them in the first place. (Source Unknown.)
Sure, there are important things going on in life that we do need to pay attention to. It’s just that if we spend nearly all of our time worrying about the inconsequential, we won’t have time to focus on things of consequence. When we are so wrapped up in ourselves, so concerned for the little things that affect us everyday, we have the tendency to miss what IS really important. The key to knowing what is worth concern and what isn’t is this: does it concern me here or in heaven? If in heaven, be concerned; if on earth, let God worry about it. He can handle the trivial just fine all by Himself.
We pray. Lord Jesus, the stresses in our lives often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. Our body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually. Some days anxiety stalks us like a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws us in. We know better, but some days the challenges outweigh the truths buried inside. Our trust in You fades into the background, giving fear and concerns permission to discourage us. Help us to stand in the gap of our problems, and not in the plain. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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