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Chappy’s corner “What a waste of time”

With the recent snowstorm traveling across the Midwest, I thought of this story:

The snowstorm hit and the next morning the radio announced, “Due to the snow the city orders that cars need to be parked on the right side of the street to allow snowplowing on the left side”. So Ole put on his winter coat and moved the car to the right side. The next day more snow came and the radio announced, “Due to the snow the city orders that cars need to be parked on the left side of the street to allow snowplowing on the right side”. So Ole put on his winter coat and moved the car to the left side. The next day more snow came and the radio announced, “Due to the snow the city orders that cars need to be parked on the right side of the street to allow snowplowing on the left side”. So Ole started to put on his winter coat when Lena said, “Oh Ole why don’t you just leave the car in the garage today.”

Like Ole many of us do many things that we don’t have to do.  We busy ourselves with issues and concerns that have little or nothing to do with us.  Now there is nothing wrong in being concerned about what is going on in our community and in our country and in the world.  In the military we are encouraged to keep up on world news.  But hopefully we don’t let them keep us up at night with worry.  Much of what we hear in the news we can’t do anything about.  We can do our best to be prepared for a bad storm or other disaster, but to constantly worry about it is a waste of time.

But some folks are worriers.  One time I heard of a lady who was so worried and her husband said, “Why are you worried?  We are retired, we have plenty of money, good health, the home is paid for and all our children are married and doing well. So what are you worried about?” Her reply simply was, “That’s just it. I’m worried that I won’t have anything to worry about.”

What a silly lady but are we guilty of worrying about things we have no control over in our lives.  Worry is a waste of time. Jesus said it, “Don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6: 34)

Jesus words remind us that we have one who is watching over us and providing for us. That one is our Father in Heaven who created us and cares deeply for us by providing for our needs.  God may not give us everything we want, but He does provide what we need including items we may not even think about including our future.  Many people go through life without thinking about the future, but God has provided a future for all who trust in His Son as their Savior.  Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

When it comes to our salvation it is taken care of by God; all we need to do is trust in Him.  Trust is the opposite of worry.  Trust is knowing that we are in God’s hands.  Trust is turning to God knowing that we are safe and secure in the hands of a loving Lord and Savior.  So why worry, it’s just a waste of time!

Just my thoughts from this snowy SE corner of South Dakota.

CH (COL) David Gunderson

JFHQ SDARNG