Said the robin to the sparrow: "I would
really like to know why these anxious
beings rush about and worry so much."
Said the sparrow to the robin: "Friend,
I think that it must be that they have
Heavenly Father as we have, One who
for you and for me." This quip
Elizabeth Cheney says it all. There
point in worrying. "Every evening
turn my worries over to God",
wittily Mary Crowley in her book 'Be
"He's going to be up all night
You see, God is a good Father and so
a help in trouble. In our worries,
other hand, we are alone. We have been
fashioned for faith and not for fear.
is not my native land; faith is. I
made that worry and anxiety are sand
machinery of life; faith is the oil.
better by faith and confidence than
doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry,
my being is gasping for breath-these
not my native air. But in faith and
I breathe freely-these are my native
When he speaks about his 'do not be
principle, Jesus invited his listeners
look at the birds, "Look at the
of the air; they do not sow or reap
away in barns, and yet your heavenly
feeds them. Are you not much more valuable
Perhaps this is what gave the cue to
United States Public Health Service,
in a statement presenting statistics
diseases and showing the tendency of
worry habit to shorten life, wrote:
far as it is known, no bird ever tried
build more nests than its neighbor;
ever fretted because he had only one
in which to hide; no squirrel ever
anxiety lest he should not lay by enough
nuts for two winters instead of one,
no dog ever lost any sleep over the
that he did not have enough bones laid
for his declining years."
Worry is indeed fear's reckless spending.
"It extracts interest on trouble
it comes due. It constantly drains
God gives us to face daily problems
fulfill our many responsibilities.
therefore a sinful waste."
As Robert J. Burdette says, "There
two days in the week about which and
which I never worry... yesterday and
This is why this humorous story makes
During a war in ancient Greece, a soldier
was caught and sentenced to death.
on seeing the king and when he was
the interview, he came out with an
proposition. "O great king,"
said, "if you do not execute me,
instead allow me to live five years
I will teach your favorite horse to
The king agreed and the captured soldier
was led away. In prison, his companions
what the meaning of his proposal was.
are crazy!" they told him. "You'll
never manage to make a horse sing,
the end the king will kill you!"
which our protagonist replied, "In
years, anything can happen. The king
die, I may die, or, who knows?!, a
may learn to sing."
Perhaps the only times we should start
says this humorous caption entitled
you can tell when it's going to be
day' is when you wake up face down
pavement, or when you call suicide
and they put you on hold for an hour,
when your birthday cake collapses under
weight of the candles, or when your
goes off accidentally and remains stuck
you follow a group of Hell's Angels
freeway, or when your income tax check
Yes, we are absurd in our worries.
woman was going on foot to the nearby
to sell some oranges that she placed
basket and put on her head. A guy passed
up with his pickup and offered a lift
the old lady. She accepted the offer
After some time, the young man looked
to see if the lady was enjoying the
Imagine his surprise when he saw the
woman sitting on his open back of the
with the basket still on her head.
what are you doing?! Why don't you
your basket down on the truck?!"
she answered, "I did not want
advantage of your kindness! You already
enough weight carrying me… why should
carry my load of oranges too?!"
Moral of the story? Simple. He, who
us throughout life, can carry also
Cast all your burdens on Him!
Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives
something to do but doesn't get you
Exchange worry with trust. Or as the
goes, keep to the three Fs…Fret not
loves you (John 13:1). Faint not -
you (Psalm 139:10). Fear not - He keeps
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