New Year’s Resolutions – Resolve to Worry Less

Do not fret—it only causes harm.
Psalm 37:8b

Motivational writer Dale Carnegie asked Captain Eddie Rickenbacker what was the biggest lesson he learned from 21 days in a lifeboat, hopelessly adrift in the Pacific. Rickenbacker said, “The biggest lesson I learned from the experience was that if you have all the fresh water you want to drink and all the food you want to eat, you ought never to complain about anything.”

The Bible says something similar: “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:8).

We so easily fret about a thousand things every day, tying ourselves into knots of worry. But we have a heavenly Father who knows our needs, and Psalm 37 says, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart… Trust also in Him… Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…. Do not fret—it only causes harm.”

This year, resolve by God’s grace to worry less, trust Him more, and live with joy and thankfulness for all He gives us.

The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.
Samuel Johnson

6 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions – Resolve to Worry Less

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  1. I love these words which I’ve heard creatively inserted into the song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (Try singing the words to the tune) —

    “Said the robin to the sparrow,
    ‘I should really like to know,
    Why these anxious human beings
    Rush about and worry so.’

    “Said the sparrow to the robin,
    ‘Friend I think that it must be,
    That they have no Heavenly Father,
    Such as cares for you and me.’”


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