Worry is Worse than Useless
... and Why it is Worse than Useless
do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself."
(St. Matthew 6.34)
a man who had lived the better part of his life worrying about many
things, living in great apprehension and anxiety and seldom allowing
himself to relax, to breathe freely, to enjoy the many good things around
him – afraid even to lift his head confidently, since worrying weighs
him down — and, in truth, even if this man consciously chooses not
to worry, he believes that doing so will surely bring down upon him
all about which he had worried or feared! In fact, he secretly believes
that it is worry alone that staves off such impending catastrophes,
for unless one fears the worse, it is sure to happen ...
moreover, that the principal source of his worries was, as often it
is, money, financial security — and that he had lived this way miserably
for many years. Then imagine this man unexpectedly coming into a great
sum of money; in fact, enough to provide him with the financial security
for which he had so desperately longed — and then some.
begin to imagine his regret over those years spent in needless worry,
those unrepeatable events in his life which he never truly enjoyed —
those days, weeks, months, years spent under the pall of worry
which, had he known of his future windfall, he would otherwise have
embraced with enjoy, grasped in the happiness they would have lent him.
his money, for all his present security, he cannot regain so much as
one of them – all of them were lost, and forever, in the moment he had
relinquished them to worry. In the end, his deepest regret would be
the realization of his having lacked trust in the providence of God.
back, from an irrecoverable distance, he realizes too late that he had
squandered all his time and so much of his life in needlessly worrying
— when instead, he should have been rejoicing all along.
a parable for modern man. Man immersed in matter. Man apart from God.
be afraid to rejoice in the moment.
inheritance is not yet present, it is forthcoming. It is true. Christ
Himself promised it.
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