by James Merritt

Don't Worry, Be Happy
James Merritt
Matthew 6:25-34


1. 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 may be pictured on our lips by the shape we call a frown. It can be heard in footsteps pacing back and forth across a floor late at night. Sometimes it is muffled by the silence of someone lying in bed staring at the ceiling without being able to go to sleep.

2. In modern jargon it is called tension. Some people call it anxiety. Jesus called it worry.

3. Worry is a universal malady that is impervious either to position or possessions. How would you like to be young, say in your mid 30's, wealthy, more money than you know what to do with, and have a great position, like being the chairman of a national insurance company. Well, such a man said this:

"I have been a chronic worrier all my life. I'd sit there at my desk worrying about a problem in my business, and then I would begin to worry about going bankrupt. That would lead to worrying about how I was going to support myself, about what I would do in my old age. It would just spiral up. If I didn't have business problems I'd find something else to worry about. I guess I was spending half my day worrying, and half the night too. I was losing so much sleep that I was tired all the time, and my productivity was falling off."

4. Here was a person who you would think would be free from worry, but instead was a slave to worry. According to a recent study of American's mental health, worry is one of the few emotional problems that are on the increase in this country.1

5. Someone has said, "Things may change, but people never do." Worry is a proof of that because Jesus pointed out that people worried about the same things in his day, that people worry about today. People worry about their finances. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where ...

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