By Dr. Allen Reed

For: The Daily Sentinel, Sunday, August 30, 2015


From: Dr. Allen Reed, Pastor, FBC, Nacogdoches





The Worry Clock – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34, NKJV


Have you heard the parable of the clock that had a nervous breakdown? Once upon a time there was a new clock that 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 ticks per week for 52 weeks, and a total of 62,899,200

ticks per year. Horrors!”And straightway the clock had a nervous breakdown.

The clock was taken to a psychiatrist who patched up the mainspring as well as he could and then asked, “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 a 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 you get this tick ticked. I believe you’ll improve rapidly.” That was twenty years ago, and the clock is still ticking perfectly–one tick at a time.

Much of our trouble comes from the fact that, like the clock in this parable, we try to tick all the ticks of the future instead of the one immediately at hand.

Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.

Our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, has given us a principle that will work if we will try it. When you worry, remember to do it one day at a time.


A LITLE HUMOR: The stock market was experiencing a great deal of fluctuation, so investors had good cause for concern. One investor went to his stockbroker to gain some reassurance. He asked his broker if he was worried.

The stockbroker told his client that he was sleeping like a baby.

The investor was amazed at his broker’s ability to take all of these fluctuations with so much confidence. “Really?” the investor responded. “Even with all these fluctuations?”

The stockbroker answered, “Yes, just like a baby! I sleep for a couple of hours, then I wake up and cry for a couple of hours.”