Can You Add an Hour to Your Life by Worry?
When we lose perspective, life has a way of becoming uptight. When we become uptight, we begin to fret and our worries can get the best of us. We can even get all tied up in knots on the inside. No one likes to live all twisted up in knots on the inside. If we are, what can we do?
In his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson shares how to gain a better perspective. “When we look back on our lives, how many of us are going to be pleased at how uptight we were? Almost universally, when people look back on their lives while on their deathbed, they wish their priorities had been quite different. With few exceptions people wish had not sweated the small stuff so much. Instead, they wish had spent more time with the people and activities that they truly loved and less time worrying about aspects of life, that upon deeper examination, really do not matter that much.”
There is no one, who when facing death, looks back on their life and says, “I wish I had worried and fretted more” or “I wish I had been more uptight.” Remember the words of Jesus who said “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life” (Matthew 6:27)? As we seek to make the most of every day together, let us keep this in perspective. Life is a gift and it is too precious to “sweat the small stuff.” And to some degree it is all “stuff.” Even if we consider our worries to be about “bigger stuff” can we add one more hour to our life by worry?
Jesus’ words about worry placed our lives into a whole new perspective. Later, in chapter 6 of Matthew, Jesus gives us the antidote to worry. “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 itself, each day has enough trouble on its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).
May the Good Lord lead you out of any worry you may be having about anything today!