Monday, 16 April 2012

Is Worry Your Close Companion?

Andree Seu wrote a clever piece in the November issue of World Magazine. In part she wrote:
          I was trying to figure out what I was worrying about so I could worry about it properly…I often drop whatever I’m doing to have a good worry…It helps somehow (it) keeps everything in my life under control.  The worst thing is not having control…It’s the hypothetical you overlook that will kill you.  Not everybody realizes this.  It’s why you have to anticipate every possible bad scenario, so it won’t take you by surprise.

Author Eckert Tolle’s insight is most likely true.  He wrote “I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful.”
If you or your spouse tend to worry over much you can rob your marriage of much joy.

Matthew penned, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-4.  The Apostle Paul wrote “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

The very same God that controls your next breath is saying “You can assume that if you wake up tomorrow morning that sometime during the day something will not go according to your plan, something will go wrong – at least from your perspective.”  But then he says, “Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  Just bring your problem to me and I will give you peace in the midst of your turmoil.”

In the book of Luke (8:22-25) the author tells of a time when Jesus’ disciples were panicked and convinced that they were going to drown, for a squall had come up on the lake on which their boat was traveling.  The disciples had to awake Jesus from a very sound sleep to tell him of their impending doom.  Jesus proceeded to calm the storm and then exclaimed “Where is your faith?”

I guess Jesus might ask us the same thing when we continue to ruminate over problems which may never come to fruition, or ones over which we have no control.

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