(10.28.20—Don’t Fret!--Genesis 21:7)
My friend, may I ask you a question? When we make it our intent to grab worry by the throat and shake it loose from our life we might just be borrowing a bit of trouble we don’t need to own?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
It’s been said, “Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles.” That’s so true. Yet, we tend to ignore the truth when it’s convenient. When I was a kid there was this bully that really had made my life pretty miserable. His taunts and shoves were his bark, but he really didn’t have a bite; a least I hadn’t experienced it to that point. I complained about him to my Dad. I told him that I had had it and I was going to confront the guy and tell him to lay off. I was bent on making myself feel good and look brave to my friends. But my Dad saw the folly in that plan. “Son, don’t borrow trouble. Let sleeping dogs lie.” That was good advice. The kid was a lot bigger than me and with my luck he might have decided to flatten me on the spot. In the end I avoided the bully and the problem eventually went away.
Worry is a bully. When we make it our intent to grab it by the throat and shake it loose from our life we might just be borrowing a bit of trouble we don’t need to own.
Here’s a story: Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate years ago, was known for his blunt theology and stark appli- cations at time. After a few months in his new job as chaplain Marshall quickly came to the conclusion that the number one problem with the Senate was how much time the Senators spent fretting about legislation, writing it, getting it into committee, pushing it to the floor and then getting consent for it. So, he composed this prayer for an opening session that shocked the dignified body. He prayed, “Lord, help us to do our very best this day and be content with today’s troubles, so that we shall not borrow the troubles of tomorrow. Save us from the sin of worrying, lest stomach ulcers be the badge of our lack of faith. Amen.” That being said, the point was made and Marshall turned a few frowns into smiles at least on this one ocassion. (Author Unknown.)
Worry is fear's extravagance. It extracts interest on trouble before it comes due. It constantly drains the energy God gives us to face daily problems and to fulfill our many responsibilities. It is therefore a sinful waste. A woman who had lived long enough to have learned some important truths about life remarked, “I’ve had a lot of trouble–most of which never happened!” She had worried about many things that had never occurred, and had come to see the total futility of her anx- ieties. The next time you find yourself on the doorstep of worry remember that old and very wise saying, “Let sleeping dogs lie.” It’s best not to disturb something that is likely to bite. Be content with the trouble and be thankful.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Worry is fear's extravagance. It extracts interest on trouble before it comes due. It constantly drains the energy You gives us Lord to face daily problems and to fulfill our many responsibilities. Forgive us for this sinful waste. “Indeed, we’ve had a lot of trouble–most of which has never happened!” We worry about many things that have never occurred, and this is total futility. The next time we find ourselves on the doorstep of worry help us to remember that old and very wise saying, “Let sleeping dogs lie.” Lord, It’s best not to disturb something that is likely to bite. Help us to be content with the trouble and be thankful for it. 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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