“ Do Not Be Anxious”

The English word "worry" comes from an old Germanic word which means "strangle."  That is what worry does: It chokes the pleasure out of life and leaves us with more complications.  Due to their worries, many people chew their fingernails, pace, or stay awake at night wrestling with their thoughts.  Some develop addictions to cigarettes, alcohol, and habit-forming drugs.  Worry can certainly rob us of living the abundant life.
Teenagers and young adults often worry about many things, including their friends, dating relationships, studies, and the future.  For sure each "age" has its own concerns.  Many studies have identified worry as a contributor to serious health problems.  One of the Mayo brothers said, "Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system.  I have never known a man who died from over work, but many who have died from doubt."
As Christ says in our text, we can accomplish nothing through being anxious (worrying).  Be confident that God is taking care of you.  He gives you everything you need.  "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these THINGS shall be added unto you."


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