Worrying Stinks

The men?s small group I?m in is currently reading through Francis Chan?s book Crazy Love. I wanted to share a few paragraphs with you that really hit me this week.

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But then there?s that perplexing command: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4). You?ll notice that it doesn?t end with “…unless you?re doing something extremely important.” No, it?s a command for all of us, and it follows with the charge, “Do not be anxious about anything” (v.6).

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That came as a pretty staggering realization. But what I realized next was even more staggering.

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When I am consumed by my problems – stressed out about my life, my family, and my job – I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God?s command to always rejoice. In other words, that I have a “right” to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities.

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Worry implies that we don?t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what?s happening in our lives.

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Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

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Crazy Love, p 41-42

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Chan goes on to say “Both worry and stress reek of arrogance.” I?ve never really put it in those terms before. That?s hard to swallow, but I think he?s right on. What do you think?

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Grace,
?Chris