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WHAT A 95-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WORRIES ABOUT
A ninety-five year old woman at the nursing home received a visit from one of her fellow church members.
"How are you feeling?" the visitor asked.
"Oh," said the lady, "I'm just worried sick!"
"What are you worried about, dear?" her friend asked. "You look rather well and healthy today. Are they taking good care of you here?"
"Oh, yes, they're taking very good care of me."
"Are you in any pain?" she asked.
"No, I'm not in any pain at all."
"Well then, what are you worried about?" her friend asked again.
The lady leaned back in her rocking chair, sighed a heavy sigh, then slowly explained her major worry. "Every close friend I ever had has already died and gone on to heaven. I'm afraid they're all wondering where I went."
The word worry in the Greek, means to be divided. The Greek word is formed by two root words "divided" and "mind." To worry means to be pulled in many different directions.
(From a sermon by Jimmy Haile, Consider the Lilies!, 12/25/2010)
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VANCE HAVNER ON WORRY
Vance Havner: Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it wonít get you anywhere!
(From a sermon by Jimmy Haile, Consider the Lilies!, 12/25/2010)
SOMEONE UNDER MY BED
A man went to a psychiatrist with a worry problem. "Every time I get into bed," he said, "Iím convinced there is somebody under it."
"I can help," said the psychiatrist, "But it will mean a session a week for a year, costing £30 per visit."
The man never returned, so when the psychiatrist met him in the street he asked why he hadnít come back. "Oh, a friend cured me for nothing," he explained.
"How did he do that?" asked the psychiatrist.
"He simply told me to cut the legs off the bed!" replied the man.
In a 2006 article in Time magazine called "Why We Worry About the Things We Shouldnít" Jeffrey Kluger, writes:
As human beings, we pride ourselves on being the only species that understands the concept of risk. Yet we have a confounding habit of worrying about mere possibilities while ignoring probabilities--of building barricades against perceived dangers while leaving ourselves exposed to real ones.
For example, we agonize over the avian flu, which [as of December 2006] had killed precisely no one in the U.S., but have to be cajoled into getting vaccinated for the common flu, which contributes to the deaths of 36,000 Americans each year. White-knuckle flyers routinely choose the car when traveling long distances, heedless of the fact that, at most, a few hundred people die in U.S. commercial airline crashes in a year, compared with 44,000 killed in motor-vehicle wrecks.
We wring our hands over the mad cow pathogen that might be (but almost certainly isnít) in our hamburger, yet worry far less about the cholesterol that contributes to the heart disease that kills 700,000 of us annually. Shoppers still look askance at a bag of spinach for fear of E. coli bacteria while filling their carts with fat-sodden French fries and salt-crusted nachos.
We put filters on faucets, install air ionizers in our homes, and lather ourselves with antibacterial soap. At the same time, 20 percent of all adults still smoke; nearly 20 percent of drivers and more than 30 percent of backseat passengers donít use seatbelts; and two-thirds of us are overweight or obese.
In short, shadowed by peril as we are, you would think weíd get pretty good at d...
A WORRY SATIRE
Luke 12:22-34 (New Revised Updated Modernization Version for the E-Pad with notes) (NRUMVEPwN)
Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, about evil people hurting you your family, or random biological terrorist attacks, or how the stock market will do. 23 Life is more than safety and security, and happiness is more than what does or does not happen to you. 24 Consider the Amish: They sow and reap without modern technology and God feeds them and protects them. And how much more of a tempting target are you than the Amish! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 "Consider how the Kardashians grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes people who are absolutely worthless in society, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on getting filthy rich or being physically perfect; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor on Craigslist. Provide purses for yourselves made out of duct tape that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Chuck Swindoll stated in Laugh Again, "Worry about nothingÖpray about everything, and rest" (page 203).
He says that the three substitutes for worry are:
For more from Chuck, visit http://www.insight.org
NO GUARANTEE OF A WIN
Have you ever listened to a game on the radio. Itís amazing ... especially if you just come back every now and then throughout the game for a score update ... how the game can change. I donít know how many times Iíve heard a game commentary early in the game, only to come back near the end of the game or hear the next day how my team was beaten! Just because they started ahead on points was no guarantee that they would win.
RELAX AND LOWER YOUR BRANCHES
Several years ago, the Wall Street Journal carried a story about Sally, an overly conscientious youngster who made herself miserable over the smallest failures and setbacks.
Early one fall, while the leaves were still on the trees, there was an exceptionally heavy snowstorm. Sallyís grandfather took her for a drive and said, "Notice those elms, the branches are so badly broken that the trees may die. But just look at those pines and evergreens. They are completely undamaged by the storm. My child, there are two kinds of trees in the world, the foolish and t...
SHED THE LOAD
A missionary in the Philippines was driving in a large flat back truck. He saw a local farmer who he knew walking with a really heavy load tied to his back. The load was obviously heavy and weighing him down, so the missionary stopped and told the farmer to jump on board the truck. The man did and off they went.
After a while the missionary looked in his mirror and noticed that the farmer had still not taken the load of his back. Despite his new circumstances, the farmer was still carrying the same old load.
How like Jacob who prayed to God about his burden (his situation), and yet continued to carry it (try to sort it) himself.
"I WORRY TOO MUCH"
I was perusing the Internet this week and found ExperienceProject.com that has an entire section of the website called "I worry too much." Worry must be one of those universal emotions and conditions that all of us deal with. These are some of the comments left by users.
Rodwali: Yes, I worry too much, and I admit that I donít really like it. Although I know worrying is useless, but still canít tame my worrying nature! It all started when I was 9 and lost my dad, I was worried every single night because I was afraid to lose my mom as well and it scared me. Now I am 30 years old and sure life much harder and it leads to more worry! Sometimes, I just try to calm myself down by I wondering why I waste my precious time worrying about things that [are] totally out of my control.
Luci: I am a worry wart! I stress over everything. I wish I could just realize that nothing is perfect and to just let everything take its course. But I canít! I feel that everything needs fixed and I have to be the one to fix it. Knowing what a headache Iíll get I go ahead and take the initiative to get it done. Even if itís not my responsibility. I also have a problem accepting help and yet I consider myself to be lazy. Need to work on that one. Right now Iím worrying about the last touches on my wedding and how my daughter is going to react to not being around her parents for 5 days. and how my mom is going to hold up taking care of her for 3 of those days. Sheís a complicated child. Ouch, the headache is starting already!
LiquidFire89: I worry ALL THE TIME about the stupidest little things: work, school, friends, relationships, family, home, sex...everything you can think of, Iíve probably worried about it.
Silvertears: Bills, will I have enough money to pay them all and still get groceries? Kids, will I be able to raise them right? Will they grow up to be good, happy adults? My husband, is his cholesterol to high? Is he gonna die to young because he doesnít take care of himself? My mother, will she ever give me unconditional love? Did I make some one mad by saying something wrong? Are my friends really my friends? Everything worries me. It always has and it always will. I am the epitome of a worry wart. So much for a stress free life.