Are You All Right?
Sermon Topic Anxiety
Sermon Week Fifth Sunday of Easter
Scripture Summary John 14:1
Worry never climbed a hill.
Worry never paid a bill.
Worry never dried a tear.
Worry never calmed a fear.
A pastor in Texas has written about a troubling situation that arose while he was vacationing on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea:
We had to take an eight-hour ferryboat ride through choppy waters to get there. Then, the moment we set foot on the dock, we noticed a very strange sight. Everywhere we looked there were Greek men nervously fingering strings of beads -- worry beads, they called them. There were old men fingering worry beads, middle-aged men fumbling with worry beads, and young men fidgeting with worry beads. We saw them on the coast and we saw them as we moved farther into the interior of the island -- worry beads were everywhere! The island was such a beautiful place we couldn't see what they all had to worry about.
Then an interesting thing happened. We wanted to take some sort of souvenir home with us to Texas, and we decided that the most appropriate souvenier would be worry beads. But the more we thought about it the more we began to worry about what kind of beads we ought to get. There were different colors, different sizes, different strings that made different sounds. We were worrying about those worry beads.1
And if we take that story too seriously, we'll be worrying about the people who were worrying about worry beads!
"Do not be anxious about your life," Jesus instructs us in the Sermon on the Mount ...
... what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. (Mt. 6:25-26).
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