Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:27 (NIV)
I wrote a post about the futility of worrying recently, especially when you feel as though you are going to lose something and then eventually lose it – after working yourself into a frenzy with worry.
In my post I wrote about what I call my three “D’s” i.e. down-sizing, divorce and death. I was separated twice before finally getting divorced. I was an emotional wreck and it was one of the worst times in my life. I worried about our young son and his emotional well-being, about being able to pay the bills, about sorting out who got what, about what people would say (and people were already ‘saying’) … heavy sigh.
Looking back now, I think the only positives for me about my divorce were that I didn’t have to go to the gym to lose weight, and I came out on the other side a much stronger person than I ever thought I could be.
One conversation however stands out in my memory. I distinctly remember sitting in my manager’s office one morning and being speechless as she declared: “I don’t understand why you are stressing yourself like this; you are not the first woman to get a divorce and for sure you won’t be the last.” Not what I wanted to hear even though this pronouncement was technically correct.
I shared all of the above with you because it was interesting to come across this short article which included 6 Things to Keep in Mind When You’ve Lost Something and to highlight point #6 which states: “Some losses turn out to be not such a bad thing after all.”
In addition to the points in the article, let me suggest that you try to find the answer to this very important life question: “What is the worst thing that can happen to me (in my job, in my marriage, in my family, in my church, etc.) and if it did happen, how would I handle it?” Sometimes failing to plan can result in your planning to fail, especially since life happens – and it can happen when we are least expecting it to.
Worrying does not add a single hour to our lives; instead it takes away our peace of mind and fills us with burning uncertainty and dread. Let us therefore take hope in Matthew 6:34 … and not worry. It’s not worth it.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)