Yes you did read that correctly. Do you ever wish you didn’t worry about anything? An awful lot of people do.
Well consider this. The only people in this world who truly don’t worry about anything and anyone are dangerous people. They have a clinically definable problem which sadly means they lack the ability to even care about anyone else. And it’s our ability to worry that separates us from this.
So think on that next time you wish you didn’t worry about anything. There is a book called The Good News About Worry which puts the positive side of worry. Because worrying means we have a conscience. Worrying means we can learn from our mistakes. Worrying leads to repentance.
The problem arises when worry looms too large in our minds.
We think we’re hopeless. We worry about a lack of spiritual progress. We worry about what people think of us (somebody said that if we knew how infrequently other people thought of us, we wouldn’t worry what they thought!). We worry about the future: “Will I be in the Kingdom?” We might even worry about ‘the unforgivable sin’.
What is happening in all these cases is that the grace of God has become obscured by the fog of worry. This is the negative side of worry that we’re all more familiar with. And sometimes no amount of reassurance from other people seems to help.
But in the Bible it says very clearly “do not worry’! Turn to the gospel of Matthew, chapter 6 and read from verse 25. No need to worry about what to wear or what to eat, it says; God knows you need such things and will provide them for you. The chapter ends:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
What most of us need to remember, though, is that worry itself is usually the real problem, not what we’re worrying about! And that a certain level of worry is actually useful.