Joe was a chronic worrier. He worried if he didn’t have anything to worry about.
One day, Joe made a dramatic change in his attitude. Nothing seemed to bother him anymore. It was a miracle. A friend asked him the secret of his newly acquired “worry-free” attitude.
“I hired a man to worry for me. It’s great!”
“I’ll bet a guy like that charges an arm and a leg,” inquired the curious friend.
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“Oh, he charges a thousand dollars per week.”
Astonished, the friend asked, “How can you pay him a thousand dollars per week? You don’t have that kind of money.”
Joe smiled, “That’s His worry!”
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had someone to do our worrying for us, someone to take the burden of care and concern from our backs. We do have someone like that. This “worry-bearer” is Jesus. Isn’t He something? Not only does He take the load of worry from us, but He paid the bill himself. He laid down His life so that we might live, and more abundantly than we could ever imagine.
What makes you worry – fear of failure, doubts, insecurity? Do you know what really makes you worry?
Two things: what happened in the past and what will happen in the future.
It is impossible to worry as long as you focus on the present. That’s why little children never worry. They are engrossed in whatever they are doing at the present time. If they are playing with a doll or a truck, the only thing that matters to them at that moment is the doll or the truck.
Jesus says that we are to be like little children, especially in this respect. He says in Matthew 6:34, “Do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” That’s the key to eliminating worry. Concentrate on the present.
Try this little exercise. Go to a quiet place. Close your eyes. Focus on breathing in and out. Release the tension. Feel the peace. Relax.
Do you see what I mean? You cannot worry if you concentrate on the present. Jesus is the present. He is the great I Am. He is the gift of eternal life. He died to give you life. Now quit squandering it.
You can’t do anything about the past. It’s gone forever.
And Jesus holds your future. What more could you ask? “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is yet to come. Today is God’s gift for you to enjoy. That’s why He calls it the present.
Kenny Ashley is pastor of The Journey at Lake Wylie. Visit thejourneyatlakewylie.com for more information.