I’m a worrier. From the time I was just a
young lad until today. I worry. About just about everything there is to worry
about. And a whole lot of things that no one needs to worry about. I worry
about my health and the health of my family. I worry about money. Will I have enough
to pay both Charter and Georgia Power, because; forbid the thought that I
should not pay my monthly Homeowner Association dues. Then I would worry about
having my name plastered on the Welcome Center marquee for all of McDonough to
I worry about doing a good job for my
employer and if I am doing my job correctly…and on time…and with a courteous
smile…and being helpful enough to co-workers and if I’m pulling my weight. I
worry about being too early for meetings or too late. I worry about how the
things I write here, post on Facebook or my website affects my family and my
church….because, I tend to be too honest at times and there are some people
that find my “gospel according to Jimmy” somewhat quirky, so that gives me more
to worry about. I worry about my testimony for Christ and that I’m doing any
good, for any purpose, for anyone. When I write, lead workshops or speak to
groups, do people take me seriously or merely tolerate me. I worry about that.
When I was a small child, I made a sign for our refrigerator at home that said,
“I am the best Christian that someone knows.” And it had a picture of my little
3rd grade self underneath. I hope and pray that I don’t blow it and
provide a poor example of what a Christian should be.
Naturally, the world situation, the political
mess of our country/state/local governments, insurance fraud, crime, crazy
drivers, drugs and most anything that involves people gives me cause to worry…and
even though I can do nothing about any of it, I still worry. I especially worry
about the state of the Church these days. Not a specific church, but the Christian
Church as an entity. Are we sitting back and letting governments and special
interest groups dictate our beliefs and behavior? If we continue to sit back
and let it happen, how long will the rights of Christians even be considered
and we become the criminals. Do you see what I mean when I say I worry?
I am supposed to follow the guidelines in the
Bible, the Holy Scriptures of God, and they tell me several things about worry.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow
will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray
about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then
you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His
peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders. He’ll
carry your load, he’ll help you out.” (Psalm 55:22)
if I listen to what God tells me to do and, most importantly, trust in God as I
should, I should have no reason to spend so much time in worry. If I live the
life that God asks me to live, doing the best I can to Love God, Love Others
and Live Simply, then all things will fall into line according to His plan for
That’s what I’m working on these days. Worry
Less and Trust God More. How about you?
And for today my friends, this has been the
gospel according to Jimmy.