2019-03-13 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Worry pulls today’s cloud over tomorrow's sunshine
By Larry G. Spence

Let me start this week's column by asking the question, "How often do your worry?" The Good Book tells us we are not supposed to worry about anything. (Matthew 5:25-34 goes into a lot of detail) but let me summarize for you the main things. Your life, what you will eat or drink, or wear, your body, to name just a few. Then it says," Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"

Unfortunately, we don't pay attention to God's Word and we worry still, and, because of worry, we all suffer for it. Let me make this perfectly clear, worry will make you sick and can kill you. Worry is useless, senseless, and worthless. Worry just doesn't do anybody any good. If you look back on the things you worried over, a large portion of the things you worried about never happened.

If we fill our hours with regrets of yesterday, and with worries of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful. Ulcers are a by-product of worry. They are not so much caused by what you eat, but by what's eating you. Worry tends to pull tomorrow's cloud over today's sunshine. We need to remember that we cannot change the past, but we can ruin a perfectly good present by worrying over the future.

It has taken me some time, but I finally figured it out that if a care is too small to be made into prayer, then it is too small to be made into a burden. Do I have worries? Of course, but I don't personally carry them with me, I unload them on my Father in heaven. He's done pretty good taking care of me up to this point, so I take my worries and my cares to Him, and here's the tough part, I leave them there! He knows my needs and He will take care of my problems. If he needs my help or my involvement, He will let me know.

There are two days in everybody's life about which no one should worry - yesterday and tomorrow. I try to walk each day by faith and not by sight. People will help you worry, they can't wait to share some problem with you so you can worry about it. It's sad but some people waste a lot of time climbing mountains before they are even in sight. Worry will get you to waste today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities, with yesterday's problems. This column is not to say we all don't experience problems in life, we do, but at night take them to the problem solver. He's going to be up all night anyway. It's quite a feeling, like taking an anvil off your chest. Try it, you may like it. Just remember, life lived in worry invites death in a hurry. Until next time, be safe and be blessed!

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