Wisdom or Worry

Woman standing in the sunlight with her arms folded

Worry, as you know can rob us of our joy. I want to share a very profound story with you today from the book Monday Mornings With my Old Pastor that I believe is worth keeping somewhere in your files and pulling it out when you feel like you are allowing worry to rob you of your joy.

We as human beings tend to live worried about a lot of things, but only a few things are really necessary. With that in mind, let this story speak to your heart.

A wise Greek man was exploring the land. He felt satisfied and proud of his knowledge of philosophy and science. On one occasion he had to cross a river, so he boarded a boat. The old boatman rhythmically rowed the oars and looked distractedly at the water. Then the wise man asked him, “Do you know astronomy?”

“No, sir.”

“Well, then, you’ve lost a fourth of your life. Do you know philosophy?”

“No, sir.”

“Well, then you’ve lost a fourth of your life. You must at least know ancient history.”

“No, sir.”

“Well, then you’ve lost another fourth of your life.”

Right then, a blast of wind violently shook the boat and tipped it over. Both men fell into the water. The boatman effortlessly swam toward the riverbank. Once there, he observed the wise man desperately waving his hands in the water. The river was quite swollen, and the current was strong.

“Do you know how to swim, my wise friend?”

“No!” he shouted in desperation. “I don’t know how to swim!”

“Well, then, you’ve lost all of your life.”

How many times do we allow the unimportant things worry us or control us? Let’s make it a practice to concentrate on the things that are important.

About Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for 39 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

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