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?”

Have you ever felt worry, anxiety, bugaboo, burden, complication, consternation, discomfiture, disquietude, fantod, harassment, nightmare, vexation, anguish, badger, bedevil, bothered, brood, burdened, care, concern, despair, disconcert, distress, disturb, disturbance, dread, faze, fear, fidget, fret, fuss, gnaw, harass, harry, hector, importune, millstone, needle, perturb, pester, plague, pother, stew, struggle, suffer, tantalize, tormented, tortured, troubled, uneasiness, unsettle, upset, woe.

God bless the Thesaurus! Though I can’t imagine telling a friend that I road the Mamba at worlds of fun and it “harried” me a little… also I always felt that “tantalize” was a good feeling… I want to feel tantalized from time to time. Anyway, I digress!

I am sure we have all felt “worried” at one time or another, it’s a normal emotion; though if worry is a word that your friends would use to describe you… that’s not good. And what I mean about “not good” is that FEAR and/or WORRY are really disabilities in the pursuit of a full life.

They say that 93% of the things we worry about never end up happening anyway… it’s just wasted time.

Personal Story: A year ago I worried (pothered) that Olathe Life Fellowship wouldn’t grow any bigger than it was at that time. And that it may not ever accomplish all that I felt God wanted it to accomplish. And those negative feelings became my driving force. I was moved by them, motivated by them, and ultimately controlled by them… until one day God spoke to me (not audibly… just I sensed in my heart) that worry wasn’t going to help the church grow and reach more people, actually it would hinder growth, secondly I realized that all I can do is all I can do… the rest is up to God, and I should just rest in that, and finally I wasn’t happy being unhappy all the time (nor where the members of my family)… so now, I don’t worry, I work hard, have fun, put it in God’s hands, I’m happy, my family is happy and guess what?… the church is growing!

Wow, I should learn to take God’s advice more often!