A young man just out of business school, answered a want ad for an accountant. He got the interview, and met with a very nervous businessman who ran a small business that he had started himself.
“I need someone with an accounting degree,” the businessman said. “But mainly, I’m looking for someone to do my worrying for me.”
“Excuse me?” the accountant said.
“I worry about a lot of things,” the business man said. “But I don’t want to have to worry about money. Your job will be to take all the money worries off my back.”
“I see,” the accountant said. “And how much does the job pay?”
“I’ll start you at eighty thousand,” said the businessman.
“Eighty thousand dollars!” the accountant exclaimed. “How can such a small business afford a sum like that?”
“That,” the businessman said, “is your first worry.”
Can you imagine? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just pay someone to do our worrying for us!
I actually heard a business consultant say that the best practice for worriers is to schedule a time during the day for just that. Set aside 15-20 minutes each day on your calendar to be your worry time. Then, throughout the course of the day – or night – whenever worries come up, simply write them down and save them for your scheduled worry time. Nine times out of ten, they won’t feel like such a big deal when you go back to them!
The apostle Paul offers a different prescription. He wrote, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you schedule a “worry time,” perhaps you could meld it into prayer time.
Let us pray: Loving God, we all come carrying burdens, concerns, worries. Many of these we can do nothing about. We hand them over to you now – asking you to lift them from our hearts and minds. We are grateful for your mercy and grace. May we know your peace. Amen.