Expecting the Worst

Do not worry about your life.
            —Matthew 6:25

In my neck of the woods, weather warnings trigger a lot of hand-wringing. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. On December 1, some breathe a sigh of relief and get on with life. Others start worrying about the next season, six months away—they worry in season and out of season.

According to David Roth of the Weather Prediction Center, a hurricane makes landfall on the 50-mile segment of the Texas gulf coast once every six years. So, perennial nail-biters get in 2,190 worry days between occurrences.

Jesus said, “I tell you, do not worry about your life.” And Paul wrote: “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything” (Phil 4:6). Master worriers blow these verses off.

Why pray when you can worry?

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