Dont' Worry; Be Happy

Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34


Hello again. It’s official, I am home for good. I have five days until school starts, 158 more pages to read of my summer reading (I’ve already done the assignment that was due a month ago and I’m just now getting around to reading it, if that tells you anything about my work ethic), two pairs of wearable khaki pants and a backpack with a gaping hole, still full of books from sophomore year. I’m also leading chapel next year and while excited, extremely stressed about that. Did I mention I’m in 6 higher level classes and starting two brand new music lessons this year? And don’t even get me started on the PSAT/ACT. Don’t even get me STARTED on that.


How did that paragraph make all of you feel? I for one feel incredibly overwhelmed and stressed out just typing it. But even after typing that out for you, I have accomplished the same amount of nothing that I had before I typed it. And that’s what I’d like to talk about.

My definition of stress is having way too much to do, not enough time to do it, AND using most of your time thinking about that horror instead of actually doing something about it. Take it or leave it, I’m not a dictionary, but I’ve found this, at least in my life, to be a true blue definition. Worrying about what I make on the ACT is not going to in any way help me do better on the ACT. You know what will help me do better? studying. Thinking about all the school shopping I have to do isn’t going to magically make clothes appear in my closet. You know how I’ll get clothes in my closet? Going to the store and getting them.

I love this verse from Matthew, because it is so obvious, but something all of us either don’t think about or don’t actually believe to be true. No one can add a single hour to his life by worrying. It does absolutely no good for anyone or anything- all it does is make things worse. Being the procrastinator that I am, I am the queen of stress when tests roll around. But the only way I do well on those tests is sitting down and opening a book. Having meltdowns at 2 am does absolutely nothing but make me unprepared AND dead tired the next day.

I know if I really tried, I could make the list of things I could stress over a mile and a half long. We all could. But the sad thing is, a lot of us actually do sit down and write out that list. If not with a pen and paper, we do it in our heads. I cannot tell you how many things I have not enjoyed because I’ve been worried about something else. Guys like it says in Matthew, tomorrow will worry about itself! We have enough to deal with today. Whatever is going to happen will happen whether you worry about it or not, so why waste your happy moments worrying about the potentially sad ones? It’s just like good ole Bob said, “Don’t worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright.”


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With love,