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On handling anxiety

Sunday, 24. June 2018 by Renee Ellison

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Are worries getting you down? George MacDonald had these wise observations:

“It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.

“God begs us to leave the future with Him and mind the present. We think that we come nearer to God than the lower animals do by our foresight, but there is another side to it. We must do our work in the great present, leaving both the past and future to Him to whom they are both ever present, fearing nothing, because He is in our future, as much as He has been in our past.

“If we have a disagreeable duty to do at twelve o’clock, do not blacken nine and ten and eleven, and all between with the color of twelve. Do the work of each day and reap the reward of peace. So when the dreaded moment in the future becomes the present, you shall meet it walking in the light, and that light will overcome its darkness.”

[Source: 3000 Quotations from the Writings of George MacDonald, compiled by Harry Verploegh (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fleming H. Revell, 1996).]

“Cast all your anxiety upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, New American Bible, Revised Edition).

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