By Patrick Hawthorne
A couple of weeks ago I read a book. Ok, it was child’s book but it was hard backed so that should give me half a book credit. Anyway, I was in an outside lobby of a business waiting to go into a meeting when I spied a book titled, “What Do You Do with a Problem?” Being more interested in the cover and its artistry, I picked up the book and began to flip through the pages. Instantly, I was sucked into the world of imagination as I took a journey with a small boy in his effort to deal with a problem.
The problem, unknown as to its nature, appeared as a dark cloud following the boy. Seeing the problem following his every move, the boy fretted and fumed, fussed and worried. Yet, the more he worried and fretted, the bigger the problem became.
One day, the boy had enough. Determined to face the problem head on, the boy went into his workshop where he cleverly devised a plan to enter the heart of the problem. With plan in hand, the boy dove head long into his nemesis. He was going to conquer it no matter what it took.
Reaching the heart of the problem, an amazing thing happened. Instead of the big ugly monster he was certain he would find, the boy found something much different. Actually, it was not a monster at all. What suddenly lay before him was world of possibilities and opportunity.
Closing the book, I began to ponder its contents. Immediately a question came to my mind. “What has anyone ever gained by worrying?” Better yet, how many times have I lay awake worrying about something only to find out that it did not play out as I expected?
Worry is the opposite – the reciprocal – of faith. They are both equal in balance on a scale. The more you move to one side or the other, the more the scale is tipped. If faith pleases God, does it not make sense that worry causes Him displeasure?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV bold mine)
Think about this the next time you are tempted to worry. Remember, it is just as easy to have faith as it is to worry. It’s just a matter of what you practice the most. And besides, who wants to be known as a “Worry Giant,” when you can instead be a, “Faith Giant.” Be blessed.