Worry Sermon Illustrations

Worry Sermon Illustrations

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Well, I am done, my nerves are on the rack:
I've laid it down today:
It was the last straw broke the camel's back—
I've laid that down today.
And I'll not fume, nor fret, nor fuss, nor fight:
I'll walk by faith a bit and not by sight.
I think the universe will work all right—
I've laid it down today.

So here and now, the overweight, the worry—
I'll lay it down today.
The all-too-anxious heart, the tearing hurry—
I'll lay it down today.
O eager hands! O feet so prone to run!
I think that He Who made the stars and sun
Can mind the things you've had to leave undone:
Do lay them down today!

(Ps. 44. 22; 1 Pet. 5. 7)

Bishop Taylor Smith used to write the following in his autograph books:

The worried cow would have lived till now
If she had saved her breath;
But she feared her hay wouldn't last all day,
And she mooed herself to death.

(Luke 12. 29-32)

When you see the lilies spinning in distress,
Taking thought to manufacture loveliness;
When you see the little birds build barns for store,
That's the time for you to worry, not before.

(Luke 12. 27, 28)

Worry, a Denial of Faith

Prayer is an acknowledgment of faith; worry is a denial of faith. Prayer is putting my hand in God's, trusting to His loving guidance; worry is withdrawing my hand, and denying His power to lead me. Prayer leads through the door of faith into the presence of God; worry leads through the door of anxiety into the darkness of loneliness and discouragement. If prayer rules the life victory results.—Selected.

Said the robin to the sparrow,
"I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about, and worry so?"

Said the sparrow to the robin,
"Friend, I think that it must be
They have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me."—Elizabeth Cheyney

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