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Have you heard the term before — worrywart? It’s an interesting word that goes back to a 1930’s comic strip. The cartoon contained a character that went by this name. According to one source, the name was originally used to describe a child who constantly pestered and frustrated other people. It is used today to describe someone who is always worrying about something.

The truth is, when it comes to life, most people are inclined to be a bit of a worrywart. Our senses search for things we perceive as potential threats or dangers. Our minds ruminate on what painful, terrible things could happen to us or people we care about. We’re prone to reach out into our future, project and predict doom and gloom! No one teaches you to worry. We have to learn not to worry!

Corrie ten Boom, an incredible follower of Jesus who lived through the Holocaust and was herself sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews attempting to escape capture by the Nazi’s, understood something about the temptation to worry. Among her many wise statements she penned these words, “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” There’s no better definition of worry!

Worry does nothing good for us and lots of bad to us. Over and over again in the pages of the Bible, you will find the phrase “fear not.” God repeatedly reminds us that worry and fear never do us any good. They are counterproductive and ineffective.

One verse that reminds us of this is Isaiah 43:1-3 (MSG) “… ‘Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end — because I am God, your personal God, the Holy of Israel, your Savior …’”

What are you worried about? Resign from being a worrywart and choose to trust God. He’s got you!

Pastor Dale