One morning, Dr Death was walking towards the City Centre when a man asked, “What are you going to do today?”
“I’m going to take one hundred people,” Dr Death replied.
“That’s horrible!” the man said.
“That’s the way it is,” Dr Death said. “That’s what I do.”
The man hurried to warn everyone he could about Dr Death’s plan.
As evening fell, he met Dr Death again. “You told me you were going to take one hundred people,” the man said, “so why did one thousand die?”
“I kept my word,” Dr Death responded. “I only took one hundred people. Worry took the others.”
This interesting fictional story reflects what the US National Mental Health Committee reported a few years ago – half of all the people in America’s hospital beds are constant worriers. Mental distress can lead to migraine headaches, arthritis, heart trouble, cystitis, colitis, backaches, ulcers, depression, digestive disorders and yes, even death.
Imagine the mental fatigue of nights without sleep and days without peace, then you get a glimpse of the havoc worry plays in destroying the quality and quantity of life. Worry is, and may always be, a fatal disease of the heart.
Release the regrets of yesterday, refuse the fears of tomorrow and receive instead, the peace of today. Free your mind and you will be glad you did.
The Advice of Jesus
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?”
“So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-26,34)