by J. Gerald Harris

How to Defeat Anxiety
Gerald Harris
Psalm 37:1-9

The world is full of worriers. Some are occasional worriers. Some are chronic worriers. But I doubt if there are any of us who are able to escape the woes of worry altogether.

An anxious housewife in Nebraska said, "I have so many problems that if something terrible happened to me, it would be at least two weeks before I could get around to worrying about it."

I heard about this man who was in the restroom of an airport, looking in the mirror. He was paying special attention to his hairline. A fellow walked up to him and said, "Are you all right?"

And the man said, "There is always something to worry about. If I keep losing my hair at the present rate, I will be completely baldheaded in six months."

The other man said, "Well, why worry if your hair falls out. Suppose it ached and you had to have it pulled like teeth."

Then I heard about this poor old man who worried so much about his debts that the hair began to fall out of his wig.

Somebody said the best way to live a long life is to get someone else to do the worrying for you. Now, when you worry, what do you do? Some folks who worry pace the floor, others wring their hands. Worry drives some people to talking incessantly. Others will retreat into a season of silence. Some people will vent their anxiety by becoming gluttons. Others will starve themselves almost into oblivion. Some worriers prefer the noise of a crowd. Others prefer the serenity of solitude.
Vance Havner said that worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.
George Mueller said, "The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety."

Phil Marquart, a medical doctor, said, "Blessed is the man who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night."
Adrian Rogers, in his book, The Secret of Supernatural Living, says, "Worry ...

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