Gene Jennings

Gene Jennings

On a visit to Texas, a city-slicker from New York City decided to try his luck at a local fishing hole. He stopped by a weather-beaten old bait shop to prepare for his big day. A lanky, white-bearded Texan, clad in full denim, pointed toe boots, a big brass belt buckle and a cowboy hat greeted the fisherman as he entered the store.

“I’d like $5 worth of worms,” the tourist said. The Texan obliged him and began filling the order. But the New Yorker began to worry that he might not have enough bait.

“How many worms do you get for $5?” he asked the Texan.

“Son, don’t you worry about that,” he drawled. “I’ll treat you right. Life’s too short to be counting worms.”

How many times do you find yourself worrying about little things? Sometimes our anxiety about the trivial things of life can stifle our joy. Some worry that their clothes aren’t trendy enough. Others fret over bad hair days. Still other people may worry that their lawns aren’t as nice as their neighbors.

One of my favorite quotes about worry is from the former centerfielder for the New York Yankees, Mickey Rivers. “Ain’t no sense worrying about things you got control over, because if you got control over them, ain’t no sense worrying. And there ain’t no sense worrying about things you got no control over either, because if you got no control over them, ain’t no sense worrying.”

Jesus said we ought not worry about even big things like food, clothes and shelter. “Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).

Someone once said, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

The next time you find yourself overwhelmed with worry, remember that Jesus reminded us that just as God takes care of His beautiful birds, He will take care of you.

Like the wise old Texan said, life is too short to be counting worms.

Gene Jennings is Associate Pastor at TrueNorth Church in North Augusta. Visit truenorthchurch.com for more information.