Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.
— Charles Spurgeon, American Writer
How many of us are guilty of worrying a lot about things that we are afraid might happen? Well, we’re all guilty of this from time to time. For some, it may even come to the point that we become worried that we worry a lot! Talk about going overboard.
Well known Dallas businessman, Fred Smith, has a useful philosophy for dealing with worrying too much:
“I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry-something that was happening, not just something that might happen-before I worried.”“When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”
That’s a great piece of advise, but it is easier said than done. So, we really have to work at it. According to him, 92% of the time your worries don’t happen–that’s only an 8% chance of your worries coming true! Can you remember what you were worried about this time last year? I bet none of us do. We really should try not to worry too much–less wrinkles and less gray hair for all of us who worry too much. The more we worry the more we tend to be irritable and short-tempered that we snap at people around us–especially our loved ones. We also hardly notice the beauty all around us–sunsets, rainbows, flowers, butterflies, clouds, stars. Life is short enough as it is, let’s not make it shorter. Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel said it best, “Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life?” (Matt 6:27 NJB) So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34 NJB)
Here’s the rest of the Gospel (Matthew 6:25-34 NJB):
25 ‘That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and what you are to wear. Surely life is more than food, and the body more than clothing! 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? 27 Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life? 28 And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; 29 yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these. 30 Now if that is how God clothes the wild flowers growing in the field which are there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you who have so little faith? 31 So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What are we to wear?? 32 It is the gentiles who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. 33 Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’