Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Worry? Let's Not

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Worry? Let's Not

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Most people would agree that worrying is not a very productive habit; yet, many would also admit that it is normal and natural. Even that a certain amount of worrying is inescapable. But it really isn't necessary to worry. I'm not talking about a careless, "Don't worry, be happy" attitude. There is a real reason not to engage in slight or extreme worrying.

One night I was unable to sleep, so I got up from bed and went into my study to face down the worry that was preventing a peaceful night (I can't actually recall the reason I was disturbed). When I confront a challenge in my life, I pray to effectively pull myself out of whatever web in which I feel entangled. Christian Science has taught me that discord - from anxiousness or depression to contagion or chronic illness - is dispelled by the active application of prayer and spiritual reasoning, which is one way to describe Christian Science treatment. This kind of treatment replaces these discordant concepts with their spiritual counterfacts, bringing to light calmness and hope, safety and enduring good health.

As I began to pray about my anxious state, I looked up the word "worry" in two places, a dictionary and in a concordance to the "Christian Science Hymnal." One dictionary definition is "to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles." Then when I looked in the Hymnal concordance, I found the word did not appear. It did suggest similar words, though, and one of them was "concern." I found a hymn (No. 224) that used that word. This line from the hymn not only obliterated my worried state but has stayed with me as a constant reminder of how my thought can be productively occupied on my own behalf and for the good of others:

He that has made my heaven secure,Will here all good provide;While Christ is rich, can I be poor? …

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