A "Dart" Through Worry's Heart

I once heard someone express this sentiment, “Why worry? If you can’t do anything about the problem, worry won’t help. If you can do something about the problem then do it instead of worrying about it.” Norman Vincent Peale said, “The word ‘worry’ is derived from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning to strangle or to choke. How well named the emotion! It has been demonstrated again and again in persons who have lost their effectiveness due to the stultifying effect of anxiety and apprehension. A certain well-controlled carefreeness may well be an asset. Normal sensible concern is an important attribute of the mature person. But worry frustrates one’s best functioning.”

How can we as Christians have victory over worry? Try to remember this little acronym, a sure “D.A.R.T.” through worry’s heart:

  • Don’t dwell on the past.
    Isaiah 43:18-19 18“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. 19“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.

  • Acknowledge the uselessness of worry.
    Matthew 6:27-28 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin.

  • Realize the danger of worry.
    Matthew 13:22 22“And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

  • Trust in God to do what He said He would.
    Philippians 4:6-8 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

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    Brad Fry
    Tolar Church of Christ
    Tolar, Texas

    April 2, 2003