When Is It Time to Worry?


I was always told not to worry.

As a kid, I was a natural worrier. When I couldn’t figure things I usually resorted to worrying.

Is there ever a good time to worry? Does worry accomplish anything good or worthwhile? It always has the promise something productive but it never produces good fruit. Abandon it! It is an utter waste of time. Instead, exert the faith God provides – a much stronger response to the unknown than the “w” word.

To me, faith means not worrying.” – John Dewey



Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


  1. What is the difference between wise preparation and worry? Did the man who built his house on a rock do so because he worried that building it on any other ground might lead to its downfall? Did the five wise virgins stay awake and maintain their lamps because they worried they might otherwise miss the bridegroom?

  2. I figure worry is fear plus concern. Its good to be concerned but need to remove the fear. Build your house on solid rock because you are concerned, not fearful.

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