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Matthew 6

Worry

by Steve Horn on February 06, 2019

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Jesus said, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” But worry, we do. Isn’t it ironic that some of us are novices at prayer, but experts at worry?

J. Arthur Rank, a devoted Christian and an early pioneer in the film industry in Great Britain, had an interesting answer for this thing called worry. Rank decided that he would only worry on Wednesdays. He made for himself a “Wednesday Worry Box.” During the week, as he began to worry about something, he would immediately write that something down on an index card to save it in the box for the next Wednesday. Over time, he made the most amazing discovery. He learned that by the time Wednesday came, only about one-third of the items had not been resolved. Think of all the anxious moments he avoided by waiting until Wednesday to worry.

What were Jesus’ words? “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.”

George McCauslin was the director of his local YMCA. He found himself at a time when ministry was declining, membership was declining, and overall, things were not going well. As we all do, McCauslin set in to worrying about all of these things. One day, in the midst of all this worry, George penned this letter to God as a tangible reminder that he was not to worry. George wrote: “Dear God, Today I hereby resign as General Manager of the Universe.” Love, George.

I suspect that many of us would do well to write such a note to God.

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