Monday, August 04, 2008

We should worry eight percent of the time?

Tomorrow I am going to post a step by step game plan on how to handle this current economic environment. Today, I want to start off by laying a foundation. It is so important to get our heads straight. My pastor, Dr. Jim Dennison at Park Cities Baptist Church, wrote the following essay. I have kept this close and refer to it often. I wanted to share it with you. If you want to read more of Dr. Dennison’s daily work, go to

The first step to living in the now is wanting to. So, why should we live in the present? For three reasons. First, worry over the future is pointless. A survey regarding worry revealed these facts: 40 percent of things most people worry about never happen; 30 percent of what we worry about has already happened and cannot be changed; 22 percent of what we worry about regards problems which are beyond our control; only eight percent of what we worry about are situations over which we have any influence.

Mickey Rivers, former New York Yankees outfielder, was right: "Ain't no sense worrying about things you got control over, 'cause if you got control over them, ain't no sense worrying. And there ain't no sense worrying about things you got no control over, 'cause if you got no control over them, ain't no sense worrying about them." Any questions?

A wise man once said, "The biggest troubles you have got to face are those that never come." It has been observed that the bridges we cross before we come to them are almost always over rivers that aren't there.

Winston Churchill once quoted a man on his deathbed who said that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened. Don't live in tomorrow, for such anxiety is pointless.

Second, refuse to worry about the future, because tomorrow doesn't exist. The Greeks pictured history as a line, and made five-year plans. The Jews knew better. They saw time as a dot, the here and now. "Yesterday" is gone, and "tomorrow" doesn't exist. It's just a word with no substance. We live in the past and the future; they lived in the present.

Take Paul's experience on his second missionary journey. He thought he was to turn back East when God called him West. The result was his ministry in Macedonia and Europe, and the movement of the gospel to the Western Hemisphere. The apostle had no idea this was his future; he was simply staying faithful in the present.

Third, choose to live in the now, because it's the only way to know God. He is the great I Am, not the I Was or the I Will Be. He cannot help you with the future, for it doesn't exist. If you want to know God, you must live in today, for this is the only day which is. God does not live in our guilt over the past or fear about the future, but in our present faith and trust.

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