– Why do we so often hear people say: "Don’t worry about it!"?
– Worry pulls tomorrow’s clouds over tomorrow’s sunshine.
– Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.
– God is an ever-present help in trouble; in worry we try to be our own.
– Worry is a prayer to the wrong God.
– Worry is something we all do, even though our Lord specifically said: Do not worry!
– Worry is oftentimes confused with legitimate concern, which is entirely appropriate. Sometimes, however, worry masquerades as concern, duping no one but the worrier.
– Worry is like time spent in a rocking chair; it keeps you busy, but gets you nowhere.
– Or, perhaps you’ve read the following in one of those “church bloopers” email that’s always making the rounds. It said: Don't let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
Note: If I knew where these came from I’d gladly give credit. I do know where the following quality advice comes from.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. –Philippians 4:6-8 (TNIV)
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. –Matthew 6:25-34 (TNIV)
May God's grace and peace be your companions this day!