Saturday, 24 November 2007

Avoiding Worry 3 - Realise Its Effect

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3. Realise its crippling and negative effect

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19)

Not only is it futile. It can prevent you being productive, and can even make things harder than they would otherwise be.

Worry is rust upon the blade. (Henry Ward Hughes)

In other words, worry blunts the sharp edge of our tools. You’ll find it harder to do what you’re supposed to be doing if you’re worrying about it.

An anxious heart weighs a man down. (Proverbs 12:25a)

Worry acts like a great burden on our backs … slowing us down, causing us pain, and making everything a bigger effort.