Many years ago I got to go backstage at a concert that was being headlined by one of the biggest Country Music Stars at that time. I couldn’t help but notice a lot of people in the backstage area that were not musicians or people wearing media passes but rather they seemed to be just standing around with their hands in their pockets. It wasn’t until the Star took his final bow and came backstage that I learned why those people were there.
One by one they rushed up to their employer and gave him a big pat on the back as they said such things as, “Man you knocked them out tonight, Wow you sure had them in the palm of your hand, That was one heck of a show,” and various other praises which escape me at the moment. I thought to myself I wonder how much these people were being paid to do this? What was their title? Artists worshippers?
It seems that this so called Superstar was so insecure that he was willing to pay people to tell him how great he was. I got to witness that activity and I never forgot it. I can’t say it was the first time I had ever heard of such a thing however. Does anyone remember the girls fainting on the front row when Elvis sang? How about the girls crying when the Beatles performed? Did you know they were being paid to do this?
– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/06]
1) List your worries. For one week, make a list of the things you worry about most. Children? Health? Money? Marriage? Job? These aren’t one-time worries that come and go quickly. They’re things that make you ‘perpetually uneasy’ (Matthew 6:25), so begin to review them. Ask yourself how many of them have actually turned into reality? Charles Spurgeon said, ‘Our worst misfortunes never happen…most of our miseries lie in anticipation.’
2) Analyze them. You’ll detect recurring areas of preoccupation that may become obsessions: what people think of you; the fact that heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s run in your family; the fear that you won’t have enough to live on when you get old. Identify each fear and pray specifically about it.
3) Live in today. God has promised to meet your needs daily, not weekly or annually. He’ll give you what you need – when you need it! ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need’ (Hebrews 4:16). The old hymn goes: ‘Not so in haste my heart! Have faith in God, and wait; although He lingers long, He never comes too late.’ When the word ‘worry’ is mentioned in the Bible, it’s almost always following the words ‘do not’. If ‘worry’ features in your vocabulary, it should be as part of God’s words to you: ‘do not worry’.
Philippians 4:6-7 says to you, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer…present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts.’