A military chaplain, who was curious about how sensible it was to worry, once drew up a "Worry Table" based upon the problems men and women had brought to him through his years of service. He found their worries fit into these categories:
• Worries about things that never happened, 40 percent
• Worries about past, unchangeable decisions, 30 percent
• Worries about illness that never happened, 12 percent
• Worries about adult children and friends (who could take care of themselves), 10 percent
• Worries about real problems, 8 percent
According to this chart, 52 percent of all worries are about things we can't control, concerns which are better left to God. And forty percent are things that never happen, whether they are things we can control or not. The truth is, most of our anxieties are rooted in a failure to trust God. We simply don't believe He is big enough or cares enough to handle our problems, give us the desires of our hearts, or keep us and our loved ones from harm.
One of the most effective things we can do to combat worry is to spend time in God's word, learning who He is. Knowing God's character, we can easily see how we worry for nothing most of the time!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. - 2 Timothy 1:7
I've suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened!
Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere.