A few years ago, Martha was asked by a colleague to pick up her grand mother for her checkup at the hospital. Martha didn’t know this woman. All she was told was that this person was more than 90 years old and probably quite frail. But the person who opened the door when Martha knocked could hardly be described as old and frail. The person who stood before Martha was a sprightly lady who appeared to be in her seventies at most.
“Do you mind me asking how old you are?” Martha asked on the drive to the doctor.
“93,” the woman answered.
Martha was astonished. “You look so much younger,” she said. “What’s your secret?”.
“Well, honey,” she answered, “30 years ago I made the decision to stop worrying and I haven’t wasted a moment on worry since.”
It was this decision that made her younger and healthier than her chronological age. Think of all the energy she gained through her decision not to worry. Think of all the anxiety she spared herself, all the needless stress she avoided.
Are you aware that 85 percent of what most people worried about never happened? and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions.
Stop killing yourself with worry and start lifting yourself in prayers. Don’t be a worry warrior when you can easily prevail on the alter of prayer.
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