Monday, November 12, 2007

Fretting is Futile

Fretting is futile! Just like attempting to resist the Borgs of Star Trek fame, fretting is futile. Matthew wisely counsels in his gospel, "You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it." The word worry used here in the Scriptures is a compound of two Greek words, merizo ("to divide") and nous ("the mind"). Worry literally causes us to devote only part of our focus on the immediacy of today's priorities, and the rest on what hasn't even happened yet, as we continue to fret about it.


The result of this is half-minded living. Worry and anxiety can become a really expensive habit. Consider the fact that, while worrying is not in itself a disease it can result in high blood pressure, migraine headaches, an overactive thyroid, and in some extreme cases, heart attacks. If worrying eventually solved the problem then maybe it would be worth while. But the reality is that all it produces is stress, an empty wallet, and more problems to worry about.

Fretting is futile! The real answer to your problems is one word: Jesus! The Bible urges you not to harden your heart when you hear His call (like right now), because if the truth be told, resistance is futile too. So, the real question for you today is, what do you do to ensure that you are not fretting about the things you can't control?

2 comments:

Alison Guedes said...

Joseph,

I highly appreciated your kind words and your post. Thanks! Thanks also for including me and my family on your prayers. We spent the whole weekend working in the house and praying that the weather improved. IT DID! Please visit my blog every now and then, most of the time I am not so negative towards things :-)
Have a wonderful week there!

Joseph said...

Alison,

It is our pleasure to pray for you and your family. I visit your blog daily (even though I don't leave a comment daily) and I have enjoyed reading your posts.