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The Uselessness of Worry

Nothing is more useless than worry. Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “Worry does not empty today of its sorrow—it empties today of its strength.” While worry does no good, it can do much harm. It is also the cause of many physical ills.

Jesus once asked if we could worry our way to a taller stature (Matthew 6:27). The answer is obvious and points out the uselessness of worry.

Charles Spurgeon, a celebrated 19th-century English preacher, confessed that when he was first obliged to speak in public he worried for weeks beforehand, even to the extent of hoping he would break a leg before the fateful occasion. The result was that when he entered the pulpit, he was so exhausted by worry and tension that he made a poor showing.

Then one day Spurgeon faced up to the situation. “What is the worst thing that can happen to me while preaching?” he asked himself. Whatever it might be, he decided the heavens would not fall. He had been magnifying a personal problem into a world-shaking disaster. When he saw his worry in proper perspective, he found that he spoke much better, simply because he had not distracted his mind with empty fears. He eventually became an outstanding preacher of his time.

Worry is useless. Why waste your time at it? Commit your life to Christ. He will help you with all of your problems.

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Today's Devotional

Why Wait Until Marriage?

In the old days sex was shrouded with three fears: the fear of conception, the fear of infection, and the fear of detection. Today those fears are largely gone. The pill and other contraceptives have greatly lessened the fear of conception. Antibiotics have greatly lessened the fear of infection, and the automobile has greatly lessened the fear of detection. With the old fears gone, young people are wondering “Why wait for marriage to experience sex?” There are three good reasons.

1. For the sake of others. I still believe one of the greatest arguments against sex before marriage is the possibility of a child. We must not dismiss the old fears too readily. Many, many babies born in the United States each year are born out of wedlock. In addition there are more criminal abortions every year. Babies need all the favorable circumstances they can have as they enter life. Growing up is hard even in the best of families. A child has a right to be born into a home where it is wanted and where there is love and security. God has entrusted to us the power to create life. It is pretty difficult to be causal about that. 

2. For the sake of your own mental health. Francis J. Braceland, editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, said, “Premarital sex relations, growing out of the so-called ‘new morality,’ have greatly increased the number of young people in mental hospitals. [Reports]  indicate that liberalized dormitory rules and more lenient attitudes toward sex have imposed stresses on some college women severe enough to cause emotional breakdown.”

3. For the sake of marriage. Whatever may be modern attitudes, real or pretended, toward sexual “freedom,” one thing that most people want is a relationship that is sincere and permanent. Those who wait on sex until marriage have the best chance of a happy, permanent marriage. Studies made by the late Professor Lewis M. Terman of Stanford University have concluded that “of those men and women who have had premarital sexual intercourse, the more promiscuous they have been premaritally, the less likely they are to be happy maritally.” 

Why wait until marriage? For the sake of society, yourself, and others. And that is reason enough.

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