Anxiety

(Originally written March, 1992)

I arrived home from the airport about 11:30pm Friday evening after a quick trip to the East Coast. There was a note telling me that it was urgent that I call the bank on Saturday morning. It was supposedly something about the bank auditors and one of our business accounts. I went to bed  wondering if we were overdrawn or was there embezzlement going on. What could possibly be so urgent that a Saturday call was necessary? I phoned Saturday and found that the bank had made an error two years ago and we had a wrong “type” of account. We changed it over the phone. Why had I been so apprehensive? I had been troubled over nothing.

So tonight I am calming myself with some restful music and writing to you about the anxiety of our lives. Anxiety never baked a cake, built a bridge, won a battle, or solved a problem. Important as we are, we really render ourselves less useful, and less important, if we let worry stall our actions. Worry is a disease common to the human race. Worry is self-inflicted misery, our efforts to do God’s work, and a slow poison. Worry is a concern over the future that we can do nothing about, and that we cannot depend on.

A wise man kept track of all of his major worries for ten years. He jotted down fifty principal things, and although none of them ever happened, he concluded that they bothered him just as much as if they had. Men tend to break down, not from overwork, but from worry. Charles Mayo of the famous Mayo Clinic, believes that  worry affects our circulation, heart, glands, nervous system, and profoundly affects our overall health; John Ray points out that “a pound of worry won’t pay an ounce of debt”; and Beecher reminds us that every tomorrow has two handles; we can take hold by the handle of anxiety or by the handle of faith.

We live in an uneasily fast paced world; if we worry with the dread of possible contingencies we’ll never be at rest. That is why Jesus said that we should not worry about our life, or our clothing, or what we should eat or drink. Certainly we shouldn’t worry about a tomorrow that has enough troubles of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34) This advice of 2000 years also rings with truth in our anxious age.  God invites us to cast all of our anxieties on Him, for He cares for us. So we shouldn’t worry about anything but pray about everything! (Philippians 4:6)

Anxiety focuses on tomorrow instead of today. Yesterday belongs to history, tomorrow belongs to God, but today belongs to us with God. Let’s put all our energy into today!  When I lose my focus, I tend to worry about tomorrow and be overly concerned with the proverbial “what if?”. Let’s encourage one another to focus on the people, tasks, and the joys of today!

Feeling Secure in an Anxious World,

Kent

Do not let your hearts be troubled.

    Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1 (NIV)

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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