Max on Life: Managing Your Worry

Over the next few weeks, beloved author of our Hermie and Friends series, Max Lucado, will be sharing parts of his new book. Max on Life. In this new book, Lucado tackles some of life’s toughest questions, while giving his classic encouragement and insight. We hope you enjoy this miniseries!

Max on Life: Managing Your Worry

Every day I worry about my children. Although they are safe and happy today, I still worry about them. I worry if they will remain true to God. I worry if they will marry good people. I worry if they might get sick and suffer pain. How do I control these worries?

What would parents do without worry? It almost seems as if it’s in the job description: “Parents Wanted. Must be able to perform sleepless nights and meaningless pacing, wringing their hands and biting their nails.”

The only things worry promises are stubby fingers and sore feet.

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matt. 6:27 NLT)

Worry has no positive side effects. In fact, it subtracts moments from your life in the form of heart stress and rising blood pressure.

Worry is antitrust. If you are worried, you don’t trust something.

• Your kids
• The weather
• Their mode of transportation
• The church
• Their friends
• Their future spouse
• Strangers
• God

God takes care of millions of birds, billions of flowers. Can he take care of your children? Certainly.

How do you stop worrying? Jesus made it clear.

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life. (Matt. 6:25 AMPLIFIED BIBLE)

Pretty blunt answer. Stop it! Just say no to worry. Slap at it like a bloodsucking mosquito. Easier said than done, huh?

Worry tests your trust, so hand your children to God and let him babysit your babies when you’re not around. He’s pretty good at it.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him. (1 Peter 5:7 AMPLIFIED BIBLE)