Don’t Worry – Be Happy
When I don’t have anything to worry about, I begin to worry about that. – Walter Kelly
If pleasures are the greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. – Elbert Hubbard.
To carry care to bed is to sleep with a pack on your back. – Thomas Haliburton
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. – George Mueller.
Every evening I turn worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. – Mary C. Crowley.
Why worry when you can trust. It is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. Worry pulls tomorrow’s cloud over today’s sunshine. Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles. Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. – Swedish proverb.
God is a help in trouble. In worry you are on your own. (Anonymous).
What is the cause of your mental anguish today? Did you get a bad job review? A doctor’s report of some malady that you did not know you had? A child that has made a really bad decision? A rift with your mate over some episode that has become known? What is your cause at this moment for worry?
Because we know lots of facts, we have plenty of opportunities to worry. The convergence of a myriad number of streams flowing freely into our minds that are filled with tons of data and debris create logjams mentally and emotionally. Because the info comes in such rapid order, we struggle to sort it out quickly enough to prevent overload. The more access we have to incoming information, the more urgently we try to determine what needs our attention quickly, what we would like to store for later, and what can be discarded as unnecessary. For some, this creates fear that they cannot cope or will fail to respond to the right things in the right way.
We were not created to live in fear but in faith. Faith is the answer to those things in life that we are not readily able to overcome. Faith requires a deep trust in our Heavenly Father to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. It is relying on Him to so resolve what troubles us that we have peace that passes understanding!
I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath; these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely; these are my native air.
A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact.” But I, who am simple of mind, think I know. We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality. (E. Stanley Jones).