Lenten Devotion 24 3.24.2020

Proverbs 12:25
 
Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs them down, but a good word makes them glad .
 
J. Arthur Rank, an English executive, decided to do all his worrying on one day each week. He chose Wednesdays. When anything happened that gave him anxiety and annoyed his ulcer, he would write it down and put it in his worry box and forget about it until next Wednesday.
 
The interesting thing was that on the following Wednesday when he opened his worry box, he found that most of the things that had disturbed him the past six days were already settled. It would have been useless to have worried about them.
 
There are certainly things to worry about in this life, but do we understand the burden that all of these worries put on us? Do we understand the burden that our friends and family have with their worries? Our scripture today makes note of the anxiety, but is quick to follow it by telling us the power of a good word. The people in our lives are in need of our good words. In a world in turmoil worry can be the dominant theme, so our encouragement is needed now more than ever. Tell your friends you love them, tell your family you love them, tell everyone God loves them. Share the good word with everyone you know.

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