One of the greatest enemies of positive, creative living and achievement is worry! Worry saps creative energy. If you are worrying you can’t be alert, devoted to the task of thinking and creating. Worry blocks the creative process. It limits achievement. It limits your success and happiness in life. And it will make you sick.
Someone has said, “The greatest cause of ulcers is mountain-climbing over molehills!” I know! I’ve gotten myself so worked up over things that I’ve gotten physically ill. I look back and I can remember the pain and the illness, but for the life of me I can’t remember what seemed to be so important at the time!
A group of physicians pooled their case histories from years of medical practice and concluded that 40 percent of their cases were complicated by strong indications of worry. John A Schindler says, “Bad emotions can make you sick and good emotions can make you well.” Worry is a bad emotion.
Now we all know we shouldn’t worry. We know it and we still worry. Then we feel guilty about worrying, and we begin to worry about feeling guilty. On and on it goes: a vicious circle! In order to break that cycle we need to understand what worry is and how it comes about.
Worry is fear. Arthur Somers Roche said, “Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
You’ve seen erosion at work, how a thin stream of water plunging unchecked down an embankment beside a freeway cuts a channel into the embankment. If left unchecked, the running water can erode the entire embankment and cause a mult-million dollar road project to collapse. That’s what worry is like! It is a thin stream of fear which, if it isn’t dealt with, will erode and destroy you. If left unchecked it will erode and destroy your mind and your life.
It’s hard not to worry when we face tough times. A thousand questions and fears come to mind. But its during tough times that we most need to be able to think out creative solutions to our problems. If you believe that the God who made you loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, then what do you have to be afraid of? God loves you! He is watching over you personally!
Jesus said, “Do not be anxious abut your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, or about your body, or what you will put on . . . Which of you by being anxious can add to the span of his life? . . . Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be taken care of. Don’t be anxious about tomorrow, tomorrow will be anxious for itself! Live each day responsibly and joyfully, one day at a time.” (Paraphrase of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6)
Disraeli said, “Care is a god, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair grey.”
Either you believe that God is in control and He is watching over you – in which case you’ve really got nothing to worry about – or your god is care, invisible but omnipotent, and you’ve got lots to worry about. If you insist on worrying about things which should rightfully be committed to God and left there, then you are putting your worry ahead of God and making worry your graven image.