What me worry??

March 9, 2009 — 1 Comment

 For those of us who grew up with MAD magazine the title of this posting is very familiar. Alfred E. Neuman the main character in the magazine was constantly captioned to say that. I know I am giving my age away with this knowledge since Mad magazine was published in the 1950’s and that was ages ago for many bloggers. I regularly spent my 35 cent weekly allowance for a copy of Mad Magazine! If you are interested in learning more about Alfred go to Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_e_newman

 Little did I know then that there was a biblical basis for Alfred’s words. Let’s study them here:

Matt 6:25-34

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

  So Jesus tells us that Alfred E. Neuman had it right all along. And my parents didn’t believe I would get anything useful from that magazine. My wife is a constant worrier. She even worries that she is not worrying enough! Me on the other hand, Alfred taught me well growing up so I don’t worry about too much. But then again, fortunately I have not had a lot of occasions in my life where I really needed to worry.

Getting back to a serious tone here, if you truly believe that Jesus is your Lord then you must take his words to heart and believe that He will take care of you in any circumstances. So, even though there is a lot to worry about in today’s world lets turn most of that over to Jesus and live the words “What, me worry”.

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One response to What me worry??

  1. 

    RJ,

    I don’t know if you are at all familiar with the writings of Vernard Eller. He was a professor at LaVerne University and pastor in a Church of the Brethren that I attended as a teenager. Anyway, Vernard took Mad Magazine and did a whole illustrated commentary on the Ten Commandments. Out of print, of course, but available used from Amazon.

    You can see an article Vernard also published on the subject of MAD’s Morality on the web. It lacks the illustrations and other depth of the book, but it’s still an amusing read.

    Interestingly this made enough of an impression it was referenced in Vernard’s obituary in Christianity Today. It also made an impression on me back in the 70s when I read it; I can still hear Vernard’s voice as he held forth on this and other topics. . .

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