“Here’s the problem with fear. It likes to hang around with a companion known as worry. Fear and worry work in tandem, like Batman and Robin. And before you know it, you find yourself caught up in a horrible game of ‘What if?’ These are two very powerful emotions. Worry is one of the most destructive forces a person can experience. Modern medical research has shown that worry breaks down our resistance to disease.
More than that, it can actually create diseases of the nervous system, the digestive organs, and the heart. It’s been said that excessive worry can literally shorten human life.
Isn’t that ironic? Because one of the very things we may be worrying about is how long we will live! A life filled with anxiety and worry can slice years off your life, and life off your years. The very word worry comes from an old English term that means ‘to choke.’ And that’s exactly what it will do when it intrudes in our lives.”
Excerpted from The Best is Yet to Come by Greg Laurie
Daily Reflection: Jesus said, Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:27, NLT). What is one thing that you can intentionally drop from your worries this week?