All of us struggle with worry—some of us even worry about being worried!
Milton Berle had some wise words to say about worry:
Life is very simple. The first thing to remember about life is—don’t worry about it. Really, there are only two things to worry about; either you’re successful or you’re not successful. If you’re successful, there’s nothing to worry about.
If you’re not successful, there are only two things to worry about. Your health is good or you are sick; if your health is good, there’s nothing to worry about.
If your health is bad, there are only two things to worry about: either you’re going to live or you’re not going to live. If you live there’s nothing to worry about, and if you don’t live, you have only two things to worry about. Either you’re going to heaven or you’re not going to heaven.
If you are going to heaven, there’s nothing to worry about, and if you go to the other place, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your old friends, you won’t have time to worry. (Roy B. Zuck, The Speaker’s Quote Book: Over 4,500 Illustrations and Quotations for All Occasions [Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1997], 422)
Okay, maybe Milton Berle’s words aren’t all that wise. Fortunately, we can turn to Jesus as a totally wise teacher. And Jesus has a lot to teach us about worry. First, we see that…