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Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)
TITLE: A Five-Star Recipe for Worrywarts
By Lillian Rhoades
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From the frying pan into a pot of boiling water, that’s the unenvied plight of a worrywart. Life sizzles with what-ifs and boils over with imagined minutiae, with never a lack of fuel for the fire.
As a notorious worrier, I was constantly cooking up something else to worry about, no matter how small or insignificant. And every day, I made sure there was enough in the “pot” for second helpings.
It didn’t take long for me to grow over weighted with worry. I even worried about my worries. It never occurred to me to at least change the recipe which consisted of a rather predictive set of ingredients:
1 cup of false imagination
½ cup of fruitless anticipation
2 Tbsp. of bitter sweet memories
1Tbsp. of insignificants
Add 4 cups of potentialities, and stir until all ingredients are blended well. Bring to a boil and then place on medium, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to thicken.
Although I “ate” this dish more than once a day, I never developed unsightly love handles, at least not around my waistline. However, a different story was unfolding on the inside. My peace of mind sported an unhealthy bulge. And I must admit that, after feasting daily on this recipe, I fell victim to an emotional malady called worry warts. Fortunately, the disease was curable.
Even though I was not looking to live a life of Riley (I'd never met him), to find a cure for my warts and reduce the heavy weight around my peace of mind, I realized I needed to make a change.
One day, while thumbing through a special Book, I came across an exciting, absolutely heavenly recipe. I could hardly contain myself! Here, for the first time in a long time, I could make much ado about something tangible.
The recipe was out of this world, and certainly deserving of a five-star rating:
1 cup of prayer
½ cup of faith
2 Tbsp. of trust
2 Tbsp. of thanksgiving
1 Tbsp. of pure thoughts
Add a pinch of praise
Mix 1 cup of honey from The Rock with 2 cups of Living Water from The Fountain
Although, I have yet to experience the “Riley” life that suggests a life without cares, this new recipe continues to keep my worry warts at bay, and my peace of mind is in better shape than ever.
Oh, and one more thing about this delectable dish, I can eat as much as I want and never have a “weighed down” bloated feeling.
When worry represents the main dish of your daily diet, or when life’s trivia stir up an unwanted brew of anxious stew, you don’t have to eat it. Whenever unwarranted anxieties snowball out of control and parade as major crises, try this recipe. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll always come back for more.
Although I’ve taken artistic license to create my “recipes,” many years ago, a legendary follower of Christ presented the original prototype - a “two thumbs up” recipe to the “Saints” who lived in a place called Philippi. Apparently, much as it is today, there was a need to assuage anxieties and to admonish against worrying.
Paul’s irrefutable remedy that guards against sweating the small things, or even those things that loom like giants in our lives, began with four simple words:
Don’t worry about anything! (Philippians 4:6)
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