WORRY, THE ROBBER OF TIME AND TALENT
In our present time, there is a tendency to worry, but in reality, it is a great waste of time. Can you think of anything worthwhile that was ever accomplished by worrying? Of course, there are some things you can get by worrying—things like ulcers, headaches, and nervous breakdowns, but who needs any of these? We are told by those who have researched this subject that a great many of the things we worry about have little chance of occurring in the first place, and that there is not much that can be done about all the other things we worry about, which means that we worry needlessly. We have to recognize, then, that it is a great waste of time (time that could be used productively) to worry.
It is easy to admit that worrying gets us nowhere, but what is the answer? I readily admit that conquering worry is not easy. We all have problems and we are often frustrated when things fail to go as we would like them to go. However, there is an answer if we will look to the proper source for help. The word of God is the place to begin. When we learn to put our trust in the Lord, worry will be no problem. Listen to what Jesus said in the sermon on the Mount: “Therefore, I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” (Matt. 6:25). Then he tells us why we should not worry: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (v.26). And then he points out the uselessness of worry: “Which of you by taking thought (or worrying) can add one cubit unto his stature?” (v.27). Jesus continues, showing that God can accomplish what man can only dream of. He calls attention to the lowly lilies growing wild, and said that even Solomon in all his glory could not dress to match their beauty. Later, the apostle Paul gives us the key to overcoming worry. He said: “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:11-13). Therefore, let us serve God and cease worrying!!