“A Professional Worrier”

This Weeks Mediation:  “A Professional Worrier”
Read: 1 Peter 5:6-11

Sometimes I wonder how well the title of this weeks meditation
describes me personally.  Maybe you were thinking the same
thing.  While some people tend to be bigger worriers than
others it is an occupation we all accept at various times in
our lives.

Maybe you’ve heard about the man that had a mountain of credit
card debt?  He said to his friend, “I’ve lost my job, my car
is being repossessed, and our house is in foreclosure, but I’m
not worried about it.” His friend asked him why he wasn’t
worried and he said, “Because I’ve hired a professional
worrier.  He is going to do all my worrying for me, and that
way I don’t have to think about.”

The friend told him that was fantastic and asked him how much
he charges for that service.  He said, “$50,000 a year.”  “And
how are you going to come up with that kind of money?” The
friend asked.  The man said, “I don’t know, that’s his worry.”

That’s a funny story, but the truth is, those kind of
desperate things usually do make us worry.  1 Peter 5:7
reminds us that we have a Savior in Jesus Christ to help us work through our worry and take it all from us.  That verse says, “You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern.” (Phillips)  Jesus doesn’t actually worry for us, but he does take it from us if we ask him to.

Of course, Jesus himself speaks about this in Matthew 6:25-27.
He says, “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 than food, and the body more than
clothes? 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?  Can any one
of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

That’s great counsel! It’s great to know that we can give our
worries to Jesus and he takes them and returns them right back
to Satan’s hand where they came from.  If you are a believer
and follower of Jesus Christ you have this option available to
you each time worry begins to creep into your life.  Jesus
loves you and he will provide and protect you from even the
most difficult challenge you will face.

Make it personal:  The next time you are overcome with worry
step outside and look at the birds and remember this promise
of Christ in Matthew 6.  Worry will not add a single hour to
your life, but it will steal plenty if you are not careful.

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church