The worst liars in the world are your own fears. “Worry is the traitor in our camp that dampens our power and weakens our aim” (William Jorden).
William Ward showed the difference between faith and worry: “Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster and belief in defeat . . . worry is a magnet that attracts negative conditions. Faith is a more powerful force that creates positive circumstances . . . worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s trouble.”
What causes most battles to be lost? It’s the unfounded fear of the enemy’s strength. A. Purnell Bailey says, worry is like a fog: “The Bureau Standards In Washington tells us that a dense fog covering seven city blocks, one hundred feet deep, is comprised of something less than one glass of water. That amount of water is divided into some 60,000,000 tiny drops. Not much there! Yet when this minute particles settle down over the city or countryside, they can blot out practically all vision. A cup full of worry does just about the same thing. The tiny drops of fretfulness close around our thoughts and we are submerged without vision.”
Dale Carnegie wrote, “An old man was asked what had robbed him of joy in his life. His reply was, “Things that never happened.” Fear wants you to run from things that aren’t after you. It’s never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.
Do you remember things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of energy on accounts of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out to be all right after all? Almost 99% of the things we worry about don’t happen.
Here is what I do. I follow his famous advice: “At night, I give all my worries and fears to God. He is going to be up all night anyway.” The book of Peter put it this way; “Let him have all your worries and care, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”
Never make a decision based on fear. Don’t ever find yourself giving something the “benefit of the doubt”-doubt has no benefit. One of the great discoveries you can make is to find that you can do what you were afraid you couldn’t do.