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Are you a worrier? Do you lose sleep over a situation over which you have no control? Are you a floor-pacer? Most of us don’t like to admit that we worry about anything, let alone be thought of as someone without faith.

Worry is one of the biggest reasons that results in people running off to the psychiatrist couch. Worry is an instigator for weight gain. Worry is a waste of time. It’s a fast way to grow wrinkles and look haggard. It presents us with poor posture, as we sag along. Worry never solves the problem, be it real or imagined. Then why do we do it?

One whose anxiety is out of control is more than a worrywart; the person is ill and needs a physician. But most worriers are sort of what we can refer to as nags to others by making those around them uncomfortable with their worry-reasoning. This tactic for the worrier is rather like trying to convince someone else to worry with them, “Let’s worry together and we can solve the problem—sort of?” No, it doesn’t work that way. Especially since most worries are founded on nothing to worry about!

Corrie ten Boom, the Dutch Christian who helped save the lives of so many Jews during WWII wrote in Clippings from My Notebook, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Obviously, she learned early not to worry about even the things that might worry even the staunchest of us.

Good Advice

Holy writ gives us good advice about worry, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34, The Message). Remember, these are not the words of just anyone, they are words spoken by Jesus—and written in the modern vernacular.

So often the very situations that seem like ugly worms to us, we find are really just woolly worms ready to burst into butterflies. The Christian author Ellen White wrote in Ministry of Healing about worry on pages 480-482, “Worry is blind and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty, He has His way prepared to bring relief.”

In 1943 there was a popular song that was sung by the King Cole Trio called “Straighten Up and Fly Right” that was based on a sermon that Nat King Cole’s father used to preach, a sermon that continues to be needed for the worriers of this world. Indeed, we’re promised, "No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11, NKJV). We can’t walk uprightly if we’re bent over from worry, can we?

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