Don't Worry Too Much

Illustration of a young boy standing at the door of a dark room hesitating to enterDon't to Worry Too Much

Five-year-old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn't want to go in alone. After a little hesitation, he told her, "It's dark in there and I'm scared."

She asked again, but Johnny persisted as he feared what might be beyond the open door in the dark pantry.

Finally she said, "It's OK. Jesus will be in there with you."

Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came, and he said:

"Jesus, if you're in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?"

We all have moments of anxiety, where our emotions take hold of us as we worry about something that 'might' happen. On average, a person's anxiety is focused on:

  • Things that will never happen (40%)
  • Things about the past that can't be changed (30%)
  • Criticisms by others, mostly untrue (12%)
  • Health, which gets worse with stress (10%)
  • Real problems that will be faced (8%)

"Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall a soul except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry." -St. Francis de Sales

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