Don't Sweat the Big Stuff by James Merritt

Don’t Sweat the Big Stuff
James Merritt
Matthew 6:25-34

INTRODUCTION

1. I wonder if anybody here can relate to what the great theologian and philosopher, Irma Bombeck, once said:

I’ve always worried a lot, and frankly I’m good at it. I worry about introducing people and going blank when I get to my mother. I worry about a shortage of ball bearings, a snake coming up through the kitchen drain. I worry about the world ending at midnight and getting stuck with three hours on a twenty-four hour cold capsule. I worry about getting into the Guinness World Book of Records under “Pregnancy: Oldest Recorded Birth.” I worry what the dog thinks when he sees me coming out of the shower. I worry that one of my children will marry an Eskimo who will set me adrift on an iceberg when I can no longer feed myself. I worry about salesladies following me into the fitting room, oil slicks, and Carol Channing going bald. I worry about scientists discovering someday that lettuce has been fattening all along. (1)

2. Sometimes it is carved into our bodies by sores that we call ulcers. Sometimes it is etched into our faces by lines that we call wrinkles. It can be seen in a frown, heard through footsteps pacing back and forth across a floor late at night. Sometimes it is muffled by the silence of simply lying in bed staring at the ceiling without being able to go to sleep. Some people call it tension; other people call it anxiety; Jesus called it worry.

3. It is amazing that Jesus pointed out that people worried about things 2,000 years ago that people worry about today. For example, people worry about their finances. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” (v.19) Some of you here have learned the hard way. Poor people worry that they don’t have any money, and rich people worry that they don’t have enough money. So the poor spend their life looking for treasure, and the rich spend their life laying it up.

4. Then Jesus said some people worry about food. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink. . .” (v.25a) There are some people, particularly in other countries, who are worried about where their next meal may come from. In fact, there are a lot of people in our country who could do without a few meals, and who eat every meal as if it were their last meal.

5. Then some people worry about their FITNESS. Jesus goes on to say in v.25 that we should not worry about “our body.” Now I believe in physical fitness, and I work out everyday, and I believe we ought to eat reasonably and get rest. But it is amazing how people are so concerned about their outward appearance. Paul Harvey once told of a man he knew who put braces on his false teeth so he would look younger.

6. I heard about a lady who was struggling with a decision as to whether or not to have cosmetic surgery. She was t ...


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