Running Scared, ch. 8 — “Worry about Worry”

[I tried to post this yesterday, but, alas, the internet was not complying.]

“Worry is dangerous” (95).

Welch briefly expounds Mark 4:14-20, identifying “killers of spiritual life”: Satan. The deceitfulness of wealth. The desires for other things. Worries.  It is surprising — seeing worry lumped in with these things. “Worries feel so bland and harmless” (97).

We should be careful, Welch explains, because worry is dangerous.

It is inward focused.

It prefers self-protection over trust.

It can hear God’s encouraging words, and stay unmoved.

It can dominate your life.

It connects to money and desires, revealing what is valuable to us.

It can reveal if we love something more than Jesus — it can crowd him out of our lives.

“We must be doers of the word of Christ” (97).

Read James 1:22-25.

And be concerned, because, if you worry you are in danger. The biggest danger when we worry is that we are worried, for all the reasons above.

And — “When in doubt, pray” (98).

This is one thing I’m working on — being an active and constant pray-er, about all things, not trying to pull myself up by my bootstraps, but relying on God.

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About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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