Here’s another good one from Lee! I don’t know where he finds all this stuff…but keep it coming friend! Great reminder to us all… -anita
That defining catchphrase from the sage of the ages, Alfred E. Neuman, humorously provides the title for this little piece. Ask someone older if you’re not acquainted with Alfred.
But, Alfred’s signature comment aside, if you’re like me, you may worry too much. I worry about lots of little things: are we about to run out of milk in the house, or I forgot to close the door and the dog may get out and lay on the couch. Oh, and my back is killing me and I probably should take an ibuprofen or two. But, then even more worry kicks in and I get concerned that too much of that stuff can damage liver and stomach.
Of course, I worry about big things, too. Now that I’m retired, will we have enough money to live on for the extent of my days. Or, one of the kids is doing something I consider unhealthy and what should I say or do to head them off without offending them. I had open-heart surgery many years ago and today I felt a pain in my chest. Is that angina…am I suffering a small heart attack?
I’ve learned an interesting fact in recent years that might help you, fellow worriers. The Bible can be our best friend. I was reminded of that this morning as I read an article on worry. The author, Thomas Brewer, made a couple of powerful points. He reminds us that faith (and trust) comes from the Lord Jesus, and the associated corollary of that is: “…when we don’t trust Christ, we trust someone or something else.” That something else may be our spouse, our bank account, even our own self. I guess I have let myself down too many times to fall into that trap! But, guess what, I still do at times.
Brewer then makes the point, “In the end, all anxiety is a failure of faith….” He then turns to the Bible citing Romans 14:23 which says that anything done not in faith is sin. Whoa, my worry is sin!? Actually, I guess one can draw no other sensible conclusion. As a believer, God has made me, has plans for my life, and controls all that happens to me in the course of that life. To doubt Him is to doubt both His love for me and even His ability to make His plans for me come to fruition. Or worse, doubt that His plans for me are good and really the best outcome for me in life. In short, do I know best or does God?
In addition to relying on the Bible for answers to life’s dilemmas, Brewer also suggests another thing maybe we don’t do enough of, particularly when we face uncertainty. Try prayer. Brewer cites a favorite verse that many of us have: God’s promise to work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose [Rom 8:28]. I used to look at prayer as a last-ditch idea to try when all my other plans had failed. Nowadays, I try really hard to talk to God in prayer before I make any substantial move regarding nearly everything. Practice makes perfect, so the saying goes, and the more I pray the more natural it has become. I hardily recommend it to you.