DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY

September 21, 2019

The title of this blog post comes from a song written by Bobby McFerrin. It was a very popular song and reached number one on Billboard music chart in 1988.

The title is also one of my wife, Sandra’s, most famous expressions. She has a wall picture in our bedroom which says, “Make Up Your Mind to Be Happy.”

In many religious hymnals there is a song written  in 1916 by Charles A. Tindley, an African-American Methodist minister. The song is “Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There.”

There’s been a lot written and preached about on the subject of not worrying. 

The Apostle Peter preached, “Cast all your care upon Jesus because he cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7).

Matthew 6:27 and Luke 12:25 both quote Jesus when he asked, “How many of you by taking thought (worrying) can add one cubit to your stature?”

Of course, when we have serious concerns, we should do what we can to alleviate the problem. But don’t worry to the point of making yourself sick. Statistics show that a large majority of what we worry about never happens anyway.

One of the greatest prayers ever written by mortal man on the subject of worry was by Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr of Union Theological Seminary. The prayer was first published in a magazine article in 1951. It has become the motto of several 12 Step Programs. It’s simply this:

God, grant me the serenityTo accept the things I cannot change,The courage to change the things I can,And the wisdom to know the difference.

I’m not scolding anybody about worrying because I do a lot of it myself. But let’s all try to do less worrying. It’s wasted energy.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley