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SCRIPTURE READING MATTHEW 6:25-33
Matt. 6:34 "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

We've all heard the story about "Chicken Little". We may even have laughed at the poor, foolish little chicken who, after being hit on the head by an acorn, ran around telling everyone the sky was falling. Most of us, however, at some time in our lives, have behaved exactly like Chicken Little.

Have you ever worried about something that never came to pass? Of course you have, we all have! Wouldn't it be great to live a life free of unnecessary worry? Well, I have good news. The Christian life can be worry free. Now understand, I am not talking about concern for others' health or safety. Nor am I speaking of a parent's anxiety when a child does not come home on time. I am talking about excessive, unnecessary worry about things that may never come to pass and, also, about things you cannot change.

There are so many things to worry about today. I used to be one of those people who obsessed about every little thing. I would spend the whole day worrying about what I would do if this or that happened. I finally realized that God had complete control of my life (and of the rest of the universe as well) and that what would be would be. Now when something happens that I don't have any control over I just take it to Him and leave it there. (I still catch myself sometimes, though, wanting to go back and pick that worry up!) I think it is just human nature to worry about things. We worry about everything from our children's crooked teeth to the weather outside. The crooked teeth we can have fixed but if it is going to rain there is nothing we can do but roll up the car windows and bring in the cat!

When you catch yourself worrying about something, ask yourself these two questions: 1) Can I do anything about it? 2) Will it make any difference ten years from now? If you answered "no" to either of these questions, chances are you are worrying unnecessarily. You need to turn your problem over to God and let HIM worry about it. One thing that helps me is to write the problem down on a piece of paper and commend it to God by simply putting it away in a drawer for awhile. I'm usually surprised at how small and insignificant it seems when I come back to it later. (And most of the time the problem has resolved itself by the time I come back to it!) I'm sure Chicken Little was surprised at how small the sky was when he discovered it was only an acorn!

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IF THE SKY IS FALLING

If the sky is falling, what is that to me?
The universe and elements all belong to Thee.
You can take us up, let us down, or leave us be.
So if the sky is falling, it doesn't worry me!

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[GOD BLESS]

Make a list of all the things you were worried about last year! You probably can't even remember everything! Go back over your list and mark off the things that never came to pass. If you are keeping a journal, flip over to the last page and write "Worry List" at the top. Every time you find yourself worrying about something, add it to this list and then give it to God.

Don't forget to bookmark
so you can find your way back!

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