Scripture for today: Matt. 6:34
A doctor finished an exam and then spoke with his patient who suffered from an ulcer. The patient, obviously anxious about the situation said, “Doctor, I’m worried about the fact that worrying about my ulcer might make it worse.”
As writer, speaker, and psychotherapist Katherine Schafler said, “Worry is junk food for your fears . . . full of empty calories because you’re not giving your fear anything useful to digest. Your fear remains hungry, continues to binge on your negative thoughts, and eventually becomes obese.”
I’ve never seen a gravestone that read, “He died of worry,” yet many could. Certainly as with many negative emotions, worry and anxiety can break down a person’s health.
Holocaust survivor and writer Corrie Ten Boom, whose family helped protect Jews from the Nazis said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” As Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself” (Matt. 6:34)
This devotion is based from Gaddis’ book “Manage Your Emotions.”