“You just can’t worry about everything.” Bob Gold, Austin, Texas; 1972. (from A Letter to My Kids)
Bob Gold was a boy I met when I was in the Jaycees in Austin. He was a drinker and a bullshipper, but he was also a responsible member of the community. He was a factory rep for a paper company. He didn’t work too hard, but because of his relationships with his customers, he made a good living. He always had time to stop and talk, even in a big city, high intensity environment. If he needed to take the afternoon off to counsel or console a friend, he’d do it. As far as I’m concerned he had the right attitude about life.
The main thing I remember about hmi is that anytime a crisis arose, and nobody could figure out what to do about it, he’d say, “Well, you just can’t worry about everything.” Seems like simplistic nonsense now, but at the time it really meant something. It meant that you ought to take care, that is “worry”, about something you can do something about; and the stuff you can’t do anything about will either take care of itself, or it will reappear later, when you can do something about it. It also means there’s a lot of stuff you just can’t do anything about at all, so you might as well not waste your energy even thinking about it.
Like that verse in Matthew 6:34, which says, “Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble for itself.” There may be some people out there who would disagree with this advice, but I’m not one of them. To me, take no thought means exactly that, do not think about things you can’t do anything about, ‘cause you just can’t worry about everything, you just can’t afford to.
And by the way; you don’t have to worry, because God is looking out for you. Like it ways in the previous verse, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you [as well].” Matt 6:33. If you seek a personal relationship with God, you get LIFE with Him.