BigRead13 Day 39 : Worry

Day 39’s post from the BigRead13 can be found here.

So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:34

Today’s extract from The Screwtape Letters reminds us that worry and anxiety keeps us from God.  We’re asked how worry features in our life and what can we do about it.

Ah yes, worry. Worry and anxiety lead to business that squeezes out time for God. What if I don’t work hard enough and I get blamed for something and lose my job? What if I forget something and get demoted? What if…? All too easy to let your mind race. All too easy for it to squeeze out thoughts of God. All too easy not to “Be still and know.”

  • We used to sing a hymn at school based on the Matthew verses – the chorus went something like ‘do not worry over what to eat what to wear or put upon your feet, trust and pray something something something something each day, and leave it in the hands of The Lord leave it in the hands of The Lord’ to a very jaunty tune. The verses sounded like the st trinians school song (not quite but very close – same chord structure certainly, a few inversions of the main tune) and covered the lilies of the field and their refusal to weep, and solomon’s shoddy clothing. Etc. As you will know, I took that hymn to heart and made it my watchword. Not. Being an Olympic level worrier isn’t something I’m proud of though. 🙁