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Why Worry

     What a wonderful invitation God extends to us in the following words of scripture! "Casting all your care upon him for He careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7).God invites us to commit all our cares to Him. He calls us to trust Him, and not resort to worry. Thousands of people have made their lives bitter by daily dropping this gall into their soul, and many more have shortened their lives by it.
     Worry is not only a sin against God - it is a sin against ourselves.
     Worry compels us to cross bridges that were never built over chasms that never existed.
     Worry compels us to prepare for dangers that often fade away before we get to them.
     Worry and imagination are the twin foes of tranquillity and efficiency. Can you do a better day's work by worrying all the night before? Does worry help you get your work done, patch a tire, or fix a water pump? Will it settle a quarrel, or escape an illness?
     We have a perfect right to ask God for strength equal to the challenges of the day before us, but we have no right to ask Him for one extra once of strength for tomorrow's burden. When tomorrow comes, grace will come with it, sufficient for the tasks, the trials, or the troubles.
     Jesus reminds us to remember, when anxieties and worries press upon us, that we have a "heavenly father (who) knoweth that ye have need of all these things." (Matthew 6:32).
     Why then should we give guest room hospitality to worry, when we can cast our cares on a Heavenly Father who cares for us?

- Carl E Martin
   Stratton, ON

January 2007