A story is told of a man who met Death. “What are you going to do?” asked the man? “I am going to your city. One hundred people will die.” The man was reading the newspaper the next day. It read, “1000 people died yesterday in our great city!” Later the man met Death again. “You told me only 100 people would die!” “I did exactly what I said I would do. Only 100 people died because of me. The other 900 died because of worry.”

As a Marketplace Chaplain, I have observed the pace many of the employees of a particular organization keep. They are busy, busy, busy. I have also noticed that busy-ness is often associated with worry. “Will my client really go forward with this purchase?” “Will the suppliers and contractor supply our needs?” … and so forth. “My numbers are not so good, and I have an annual review soon.” Then there’s the personal lives of the employees and those who depend on them — their health, relationships, and so much more.

Worry is an epidemic in our world today. E Stanley Jones wrote:,“Worry is the interest we pay on tomorrow’s troubles.” Gordon MacDonald declared, “No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear.”

Jesus said, Matthew 6:25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

A Cure For Worry: Take everything to the Lord in prayer. Start your day by counting your blessings. Create a great support team around you. I know Someone who can help.

Pastor Stan