There’s a chapter in my forthcoming book, My Precious Life, on worrying and how not to do it. In 2011, I gave a talk on this topic, to the Women’s Group at my church. Today, while pondering what to write for my next blog, I came across another bit about the worry habit, which didn’t make it into my book or the church talk. (I don’t know how I missed it!)
MORE FOR “NOT TO WORRY”
Here’s a Mother Goose rhyme found in Dale Carnegie’s
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy or there is none
If there be one, try to find it
If there be none, never mind it.
From Dr. Seuss:
I have heard there are troubles
Of more than one kind,
Some come from ahead
And some come from behind
But I’ve bought a big bat,
I’m all ready, you see
Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.
From The purpose Driven Life pg. 90: (Rick Warren)
When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s Word over and over in your mind, that’s meditation. If you know how to worry you already know how to meditate! You just need to switch your attention from your problems to Bible verses. The more you meditate on God’s Word, the less you will have to worry about.
A worried Christian is a contradiction in terms. (In the Hands of God – Wm. Barclay)
Worrying is truly one of our favorite pastimes It takes very little for us to start worrying about things we have never worried about before. (Jeanette & Roy Henderson)
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will….Epictetus (Taught in 19th century Rome)
A NOTE: When I gave the talk in 2011, I mentioned how the hymn, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus” came to me at a stressful time. In May of that year, I read How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie (as noted above). Chapter nineteen told of a woman about to commit suicide, and take her five children with her, when the words of that hymn came to her also, and saved her life.
Like me, she made God a promise (to never again prove ungrateful).
I promised Him I’d never doubt again. Do you think I kept that promise?
Not to worry!