Fresh out of business school and eager to make her mark on the world, a young woman answered an advertisement on LinkedIn for an accountant position. She was thrilled to be contacted for an interview and arrived early to the appointment, prepared, and determined to gain an offer.
She was interviewed by the business owner, who had started the company himself. Much to her surprise, he was nervous, anxious and somewhat scatter-brained during the interview.
“I need someone with an accounting degree,” the owner said, “but mainly, I’m looking for someone to do my worrying for me.”
“Excuse me?” the accountant questioned.
“I worry about a lot of things,” the business owner said. “But I don’t want to have to worry about money. Your job with this company will be to take all the money worries off my back.”
“I see,” the accountant said. “How much does the opportunity pay?”
Without hesitation, the business owner replied, “I will start you at $80,000 plus benefits.”
“$80,000!” the young accountant exclaimed. “How can such a small business afford a salary like that?”
“That,” the owner declared, “is your first worry.”
Don't let worry strangle the life from you
What are you worrying about today? What kept you awake last night? What are the “what-ifs” of tomorrow that have you all stressed out?
The word worry comes from the Old English wyrgan meaning, “strangle.” Worry literally strangles or chokes life from you.
Give your worries to God, for he cares about you
Imagine Jesus asking you a simple question with compassion, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27) Instinctively we know the answer to that question. “No.”
So how should you respond to worry? 1 Peter 5:7 gives the plan of action: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Take heart and find rest in him.
Written by Ken Murphy, senior director for church engagement with Buckner International.