Worry Wart

Is anyone else old enough to remember the newspaper comic strip character, Worry Wart? Oddly enough, Worry Wart didn’t worry. He caused everyone else to worry.

I confess to being a bit of a worrier myself. Over the years I’ve found worry to be an excellent preventative measure, because most of the bad things I worry about never happen!

So what’s wrong with a little pre-emptive worry?

The Teacher says it shows a lack of trust in our Heavenly Father.

Your Heavenly Father knows that you need…O you of little faith?


Come to think of it, I would never want my own children to have such little faith in me.

Actually I remember one such time. For some reason lunch was unusually late and one of the children expressed anxiety - Are we ever going to have lunch?

I remember feeling a bit offended and snapping back - Have you ever missed a meal around here before?

I guess sometimes we don’t have the trust in our Heavenly Father that we expect our children to have in us.

Silly isn’t it?

Worry I mean.

1 comment:

  1. Over 2000 years ago the Teacher asked, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matt 6:27. Implied is the answer “No one.”

    Interestingly enough, recent scientific studies have proved Jesus right - not only do you not add hours to your life by worrying, stress (over worrying about whatever) actually takes hours away from your life!

    Seems like, once again, the Teacher is right.

    Similar thoughts on not worrying and instead trusting are in Phil Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil 4:6) Once again we see, instead of worrying (or being anxious) trust - and pray.

    This comes just after Phil 4:4 rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice!

    Thus Paul was the first not to say, “Don’t worry be happy” ...

    But be happy, don’t worry! (Instead, pray to God, and trust!)

    A better trust in God should cut down our worrying, now, to attempt to put that into practice!