Worry and Stress Reek of Arrogance

“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.

“Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

“Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our lives are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.”

– Francis Chan, Crazy Love, p.42

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One thought on “Worry and Stress Reek of Arrogance

  1. I think it’s quite arrogant to think that we shouldn’t have any worry or stress, that somehow, we are as strong as God with respect to them. I am a sinner, and til the day I die, I will have sinful tendencies. I don’t like when some people focus on the negative side of human nature, but I would rather they focus on the positive side of a person’s life. Fundamentalists like to make people feel sinful, restricting them from feeling God’s love they way it should be felt. After all, “all our good deeds are like filthy rags”, even yours Francis Chan!

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