Worried to Death

By Fr. Hughes on December 21, 2015

St. Paul tells us this: There is no need to worry. Actually this short passage from his letter to the Philippians has the power to save us a lot of time and energy- -it can make our lives much happier and even cause us to live longer. To worry is to go nowhere. Worrying is like walking down a long, deserted dead end road. I walk that road alone. Worry uses up a great deal of energy. And when I get to the end, I have accomplished nothing, and I find myself in a place where I really don’t want to be. Worry is useless activity of the mind and heart that leads nowhere. Concern is seeing what needs to be done, and then taking steps to accomplish a task. Worrying about what tomorrow might bring gets us nowhere. But planning for the future is something we all must do. Worrying about what I’m going to have for dinner tomorrow is silly. Planning a menu and then going out and buying the necessary food is an activity that will accomplish something useful. Worry is useless. Concern is helpful.  St. Paul doesn’t leave us just with the words: Don’t worry. He tells us what to do.”…if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.” We all know that when we’re anxious, the one thing we don’t have is peace. Anxiety and peace can’t live together. One of them has to go.

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