With the American midterm elections close at hand pollsters are everywhere! Yesterday while listening to CNN News, a poll concluded that over forty percent of Americans are "worried." I must admit, that at times I am in that group too! To be sure, there is some really terrifying stuff to worry about these days.
What We Worry About
My Health. 1 out of 4 Americans currently worry that they will catch the deadly disease Ebola. My blog dealt with this Ebola fear a bit in How Shall We Then Fear? Think about the ramifications of this a bit!
Currently, deep somewhere in the Midwest in a small town are people who fear contracting this deadly West African disease. They will never travel to Africa. In fact, some of them will rarely travel more than one hundred miles from their home. Yet, their lives are somewhat impaired by worry of this disease.
My Security. Sitting at a local McDonald's in Minneapolis last week, I listened to a panicked woman talk to her aged parents about her fear of ISIS. Closing my eyes and just listening, I suspected ISIS militants surrounded us in the parking lot. "I hope we get them before they get us," she hopelessly concluded. Yes, this is an issue is of dire importance. That is sure.
My Future. Many of us, a high percentage of us, worry about the future. Questions like, "Where will I be in five years? What will happen to us? What about my job? How will my son or daughter ever get an education? Where is our country going? Who will end up winning the election? What about the economy? Where will we end up? How we will get there? What shape will we be in upon arrival?" Worry about the unknowns of the future is almost a preoccupation with many.
My Money. Most worry about money; having enough or getting enough. The number one problem in struggling marriages often centers on money. Money is important! Shareholders demand to know how much profit their stock investments will produce. For Money Fund managers the bottom line is about making money. A Realtor will not possess a job long without a steady stream of sales and profit.
The church talks about money. The politician talks money. Family talks about money. The kids want what; money! Money for sports, arts, trips, and the list continues. And, when there is not enough money, what do we often do? Worry . . . . .
My Significance. A growing group of people worries whether their life, toils, and efforts will amount to much. Many Millennials look at the American dream and ask, "I it a dream or a nightmare." Growing up watching their Baby Boomer parents acquire lots of stuff yet remaining unfulfilled, pushes them to look for more meaning in life.
My Worry. Some of us worry because we worry so much! Worrying about worrying can be quite worrying! Winston Churchill carried more reasons to worry than most. Leading the United Kingdom out of the ashes of WWII against Hitler, things often looked bleak. He once shared, "When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened."
What worries you?
A friend of mine shared what her mother often used to remind her concerning worry,
"Worry is the advance price you pay for things that may never happen or take place . . ."
Just My Thoughts
Don was born in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having served twenty-two years in South Africa as missionaries with his wife Kathy, and eight years pastoring in the United States, he shares unique perspectives about life, family, relationships, and ministry.