Security is an opposite of worry

I wish I didn’t worry but sometimes I do. I worry about finances, benefits to FBSN members, my 95-year-old mother’s ending life, whichever one of our grandchildren happens to be dealing with some crisis at the time.

Following a particularly restless night recently, my early morning devotional took me back to the summer of 1979 and my discovery of a great scripture.

I hauled hay bales in the summer for a living then. 1979 was a special year. Our twin sons were born in February, I gave my life to Christ in May, and by June the 1st cutting of Alfalfa was in full swing. Being 21-years old, I was feeling the Eagles tune of the time, “21 and strong as I can be…”

The field where we were hauling that day was about 25 miles away, where we had left the hay machines the night before. Our 7-man crew piled into the crew cab truck to head there. 3 of us in that truck were brand new Christians and one (Larry Owens) was more seasoned. All 4 of us in the back seat were believers. 

I had thought, when I gave my life to Christ, all my old ways would just be gone. Now, a month down the road I knew it was going to be a journey, not a door. 

I was reading in my brand new NIV bible when I ran across Philippians 4. I thought maybe I had found verses even Larry hadn’t seen. I said, “Larry! Listen to this.” 

Then I eagerly started the 8th verse, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right…” Larry just finished it for me from his memory, “…whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

I loved the way Larry quoted it from his heart. The whole inside of the truck seemed to light up as I heard him quote that verse. Now, 39 years later, it came back to me again but this time in an article from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association titled, “How to Overcome Fear, Anxiety and Worry.” (


Think About it…

The Christmas season can bring out worries in people. We must be ambassadors of security and hope to those who come in our doors. 

Security is an opposite to worry.