via STEVEN ALTROGGE:
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein
Lately I’ve been struggling a lot with worry. I won’t go into the details, other than to say it has to do with finding a new house because we decided not to renew the lease on our current house. Blah, blah, school districts, blah, blah, banks, etc. The point is, I’m regularly battling the temptation to give in to the sin of worry.
In the midst of all the worry, I’ve come to a conclusion: worry is the stupidest sin of them all.
Other sins at least have a “pay off” of sorts, albeit a shallow one at that. When a man is a glutton, he gets a buffet out of it. When a woman is greedy, she gets a fatter bank account. When a man gives in to lust, he gets some measure of sexual gratification. When a woman screams in anger, she gets some cathartic release. When a guy gets drunk, he gets to enjoy a 24 pack of Budweiser in the process. I’m not trying to minimize the consequences of sin, I’m just saying that these sins give something in return.
You know what worry has given back to me? A big fat NOTHING! My worrying and fretting has changed exactly zero percent of my circumstances. And yet I keep worrying. You might want to call the guys with the white jackets, because I keep doing the same thing again and again, expecting different results.