June 30th, 1998

In his sermon titled "How to Worry," Donald Lee tells about the clock that had a nervous breakdown. This new clock was ticking away on the shelf two ticks to the second as any good, self-respecting clock should tick when it began to think about how many times it was going to have to tick.

"Two ticks to the second means 120 ticks per minute," it mused. "That's 7,200 ticks per hour, 172,800 ticks per day, 1,209,600 per week for 52 weeks, and a total of 62,889,200 per year." Horrors! Straightway the clock had a nervous breakdown.

The clock was taken to a psychiatrist who inquired, "Clock, what's your trouble?"

"Oh, doctor" wailed the clock. "I have to tick so much. I have to tick two ticks to the second and 120 ticks per minute and 7,200 ticks per hour, and . . ...." "Hold it," the psychiatrist cut in. "How many ticks do you have to tick at one time?"

"Oh, I just have to tick one tick at a time," was the reply. "Then let me make a suggestion," replied the doctor. "You go home and try ticking one tick at a time. Don't even think about the next tick until it's time. Just one tick at a time. That you can do.

Faith is ticking one tick at a time. Knowing that God will give us strength for the next tick. You become a worrier by practicing worry. You can become free of worry by practicing the opposite and stronger habit of faith. With all the strength and perseverance you can command, with the Lord's help, START PRACTICING FAITH

How do you practice faith? First practice saying something positive concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Talk positively. For example, don't say, "I'll never be able to do that." Instead affirm, "With God's help I will do that."

Secondly, keep anxious thought, defeatist thoughts, and gloomy thoughts out of your mind. To counteract negative thoughts, mark every passage in the Bible that speaks of faith, hope, happiness, glory, and radiance. Commit each to memory. Say them over and over again until these positive verses saturate your inner mind. Then the inner being will return to you what you have given it, namely optimism, not worry - victory not defeat.

Every day of your life see yourself as living in partnership and companionship with Jesus Christ. If He actually walked by your side, would you be worried or afraid? Well, then, say to yourself, "He is with me." Jesus Himself declared, "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:20. He is with you now and that is exactly when you need faith. NOW.