Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

baby  in high chair laughingI would imagine that many of you reading this will remember the song released in September of 1988 by Bobby McFerrin called, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy“.  If you have never heard it, or would just like to put a smile on your face, check it out now then come back to this article. 🙂

Do you spend a lot of time worrying about life? Are you filled with fear, do you stress and worry about bills, work, your children, etc.?

Now, being concerned about something is just fine, meditating on a problem is okay, but worrying and stressing about them is not good.

Worry zaps your mental, physical and spiritual health. Constant worry also leads to constant stress, which can lead to serious health issues. As I said, you need to deal with things in life, but you don’t have to worry all the time.

Now let’s see what the bible has to say about worry and fear.

Matthew 6:25-34 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Even regarding the end times; God tells us not to worry about all the evils that might befall us in this present evil world?

Mark 13:3-11 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?”

5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.[a] These are the beginnings of sorrows.

9 “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought[b] before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate[c] what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

God can and will take care of us, no matter the situation. If we walk with God, we do not have to worry. God has told us to cast our burdens on Him.

When you think about it, how many problems do you solve by worrying, and how many things have you worried about that never happened?

Let me give you a few quotes about worry:

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen. ~James Russel Lowell

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ~Benjamin Franklin

I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time. ~Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

Troubles are a lot like people – they grow bigger if you nurse them. ~Author Unknown

God tells us to be anxious for nothing, but in all things go to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. We need to believe Him that He will provide; we do not need to spend our lives in worry.

Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

God is very specific on the things we should be focusing on.

Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

I don’t see anything in that scripture about worry.

Again, He tells us not to walk in fear, since nothing can happen to us apart from His will.

Matthew 10:27-31 27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Let me share a few more quotes with you:

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. ~Glenn Turner

There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry… Yesterday and Tomorrow. ~Robert Jones Burdette

A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. ~John Lubbock

It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. ~George MacDonald

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears. ~Montaigne, Essays, 1588

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

So, when we receive God’s Holy Spirit, we receive a spirit of power, not of fear.

Luke 10:38-42 38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

41 And Jesus[b] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

God shows us here that most of the things that we run around worrying about are really a waste of time. Our time would be better served in prayer or meditation on God. Also, He tells us over and over to turn our troubles over to Him.

Let me share a few more quotes with you:

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. ~Mark Twain

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. ~Thomas Jefferson

There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them. ~Josh Billings

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night. ~Author Unknown

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~Theodore N. Vail

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. ~Mary C. Crowley

Worry seems to come natural to most of us, but I think I have proven through scriptures and some very good quotes; that worry is a waste of time and energy.

If you haven’t watched the YouTube video “Don’t Worry Be Happy“, please do yourself a favor and watch it. It will definitely put you in a happy mood.