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Yes It IS Friday the 13th – Are You Worried?

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Friday the 13th!!! Just the idea seems to conjure up negative images for some. How about you? Are you worried?

I’m glad we can have freedom from worry being a constant companion, whether it’s a day marked by superstition or not. I know – I’ve said it myself many times, that it’s a mother’s “job” to worry. However, numerous scripture verses refute that notion!

 

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Here are some insightful comments from author Max Lucado, from his book “Traveling Light” on the topic of worry and anxiety:

Worry is the burlap bag of burdens. Cumbersome. Chunky. Unattractive. Scratchy. Hard to get a handle on. Irritating to carry and impossible to give away.


No one wants your worries. Sadly, worrying is one job you can’t farm out, but you can overcome it. There is no better place to begin than ‘beside the still water,’ where the Shepherd leads.


No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. Worry divides the mind. The biblical word for worry (merimnao) is a compound of two Greek words, merizo (to divide) and nous (the mind).

 

Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems. Part of our mind is on the now; the rest if on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.

 

Anxiety is an expensive habit. Of course, it might be worth the cost if it worked. But it doesn’t. Our frets are futile. Jesus said, ‘You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it’ (Matthew 6:27).

 

Worry has never brightened a day, solved a problem, or cured a disease.”

 

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My reflections:

 

Max Lucado is one of my favorite inspirational writers. I like the analogies he uses (“worry is the burlap bag of burdens“) to help you picture the concepts he discusses.

 

In these examples, it’s thought-provoking to consider the idea that “Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems.” Worry and anxiety don’t add anything positive to our lives. It does require effort, though, to not give into worry and instead exercise faith.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you struggle with worry and anxiety?

 

Which Lucado quote makes the biggest impact on you?

 

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9 Comments

  1. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    I try not to worry, but as a mom, it’s hard not to, even when your kids are grown up and gone. I like the burlap phrase also. Burlap has holes it in. Maybe the worry can find its way out.
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  2. Martha

    Actually 13 is my lucky number, I don’t mind Friday the 13th. I even wrote my blog, The Top 13 Posts of 2016 instead of my usual 10 posts!

    13 . Jan . 2017
  3. Nita

    I’m usually not superstitious, every once in awhile. My mom was superstitious about everything, I think that’s why I’m not. I’m a little bit of a rebel. I enjoyed the Bible verses and the mention of Max Lucado, I just found out about him recently. Love his work. Thanks for sharing.

    13 . Jan . 2017
  4. Samantha

    Enjoyed reading your post about the #13 and worrying. I come from a family of worry warts, lol As far as the #13, my grandma hated it as she had quite a few bad things happen to her on the 13th. However, my moms loves the 13th and considers it lucky. Me, I don’t really feel any different about the 13th than any other day. Then again, I don’t work in a hospital where they probably see a lot of weird stuff, lol. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. V.J.Maheu

    Well, sometimes I worry, but not about the number on the calendar! I don’t really see myself as a worrier though, I trust in the Lord… and if I worry its usually His way of calling me to prayer, and then I feel much better.
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  6. Kelly

    No worries here, just trusting God

    13 . Jan . 2017
  7. Sandy KS

    I do worry from time to time. I am getting a better hold on my anxiety. I do not worry about the 13th of a Friday. Maybe I should, as my baby sister was born on Friday the 13th and has been a living terror ever since.

    13 . Jan . 2017
  8. Taiwo

    Thanks for this post. Worry and anxiety are part of our default reaction to life uncertainties, but just as you rightly assert, they are counter productive.
    When we allow ourselves to worry, we waste our mental energy on things that won’t add any value to us.
    The quotes you shared are very inspiring and informative. Knowledge is the antidote to ignorance, and this post is indeed an eye opener.

    14 . Jan . 2017
  9. Parul Thakur

    I think we all worry but what’s important is that we should know when to not worry and pick up the pieces that have been scattered.
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    14 . Jan . 2017

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