Healthy Leaders


The Cost of Worry

Jay TempleJay Temple

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:25-34, ESV).

“Why do you worry so much?” the exasperated husband asked his wife. “Don’t you know that it does no good?”  His wife smiled and replied, “Actually, it does a lot of good. The things that I worry about never happen.”

Maybe the things that we worry about never happen, but worry does affect us. There is a physical dimension to anxiety. Our bodies can be affected by hypertension, ulcers, insomnia, and other maladies. Worse, though, worry can affect us spiritually. In our text, Jesus revealed four ways that worry can hinder our walk with Him and our witness for Him.

Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Jesus said, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Keep your eyes on Him.

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Jay Temple