I remember as a kid reading MAD magazine, seeing this phrase used often, and it brings me to the current state of many of us. Worry sucks the life, the energy and the enthusiasm out of us. It can paralyze us if we let it dominate our thoughts.
Of course there are many scriptures that give us reasons not to........."do not worry about tomorrow, because today has enough problems of its own".......this is probably the easiest one for me to remember. But the nature of us as humans is that our first instinct when faced with a life altering situation is to react with instinct to handle the immediate, but when things slow down it really hits us. What about tomorrow?
All of us handle this in different ways, but for me, I can handle a ton of stress, but somewhere in the middle of it all, it overwhelms my spirit and I have to go into the war room of prayer. Usually lasting a few hours, I have to remind myself, who is in control, how far I have come, and that God never gives me anything I can't ultimately handle through His divine guidance.
But it was in times like this in the past that I made bad decisions. To drink, to drug, to let having sex calm me down, to shop too much or to just do something crazy. Not so any more but to be totally real, the thought does cross my mind every now and then. What, Me Worry? No problem, I could just run from it. Problem is, when I stopped running, it was still there.
Now I find this at work, God finds a way to bring us through all the stress and our sometimes worry. Not sometimes, but always. Yesterday, today and tomorrow he is the answer because worry is only a word to Him to use as a reference because He knows our nature. He knows that even someone like the apostle Paul can stress to the point of despair. He knows you and I, no matter how strong we think we are, can sometimes buckle under pressure.
No more MAD magazine, but surely God is the author of those words and he says them to us in the middle of the battle, What, Me Worry?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.