Don‘t Worry, Be Happy:
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
When I was in high school in the 80’s, there was a popular song that was being played on all the radios called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” It was one of those annoying tunes that everyone was singing, and everyone else seemed to hate. Here are the words to the first verse of the song…
- Here’s a little song I wrote,
- You might want to sing it note for note,
- Don’t worry, be happy.
- In every life we have some trouble,
- When you worry you make it double,
- Don’t worry, be happy, Don’t worry, be happy now…
If you’re not familiar with the song, here’s a LINK to the original 80’s music video to the song…
Some people criticised it as being too simple an approach to life, other people saw it as the remedy for all life’s troubles. And although I don’t believe singing a little song will make all your problems go away, I do believe that the Bible has some wisdom as to how we’re supposed to deal with worry. Do you worry a lot? Are you anxious or fearful? Then I pray that these words of Jesus today will bring encouragement to your heart…
Jesus said: “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith. So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:25-34).
Why did Jesus say not to worry? Here are some thoughts to take with you throughout your day. Worrying about your problems won’t change them.
- Don‘t worry about the past, because you can‘t change the past. That’s why the Bible says, “I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” (Phil. 3:13). Instead of worrying about the past, FORGET the past.
- Don’t worry about the present, because your Father in Heaven knows what things you need today. Instead of worrying about your problems, pray about them, and tell God what you need. Then God’s peace will guard your heart and mind.
- Don’t worry about tomorrow, because you don’t know what tomorrow holds. You might say, “But THIS might happen.” but guess what? It also might not. Since you don’t know what MIGHT happen tomorrow, don’t waste your time worrying about it. Like my first pastor Erwin Dyck used to say, “Why borrow sorrow from tomorrow?” You’ve got enough things to take care of today, so don’t worry about the future.
One final thought I want to leave you with. Meditate on this truth, and take it with you throughout the day. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Pastor Chris Jordan