Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Worrywart No More

Maybe it's just the time of year with Tax day is less than a week away. Or maybe it's the uncertainty of what the economy will do, what the price of fuel will be, what jobs will remain secure, what will happen in the year 2012 (well, that may be a stretch). The point is the level of apprehension is steadily rising. Laugh lines are giving way to worry lines on the faces of so many faces. Is the world really that much more worse off than it has been over the last few centuries? Or, is it that we, people who are highly educated and evolved have been duped into believing that rants and raves of mongers of doom and gloom?

I find it interesting that we humans seem to have an illicit love affair with fretting over the future. It isn't something we want to admit to and would deny if we were ever accused of it. Just like that 10th grade high school photo, the ugly we try to disguise (not that I have ever done that), eventually is seen. Try as we might, the truth always comes out. We love to worry. Okay, maybe we don't love it, but we sure do like to court it.

Why is that? Why do we want to devote so much of our time and energy that does us no good? I believe it is because the human psyche has to be in relationship with something beyond itself. It seems that something outside of the self has to be the expert, telling us how to act and react. But shouldn't people of faith be different?

Ah, there's the rub. So many say we believe in and trust is God, but our actions tell a different story. Instead of believing the stories of how God's providence has seen people through tumultuous times, we would rather follow the dire predictions of people look to the worst rather than the best.

Now, let me confess, I have helped the owners of stock in Tums and Rolaids go on nice vacations from their dividends. But, I am trying to change my outlook on life. A verse from scripture has become a new principle for me - from the prophet Jeremiah (who spoke to a people who really knew misery). It proclaims this: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I think the world may have become a little brighter.


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