Rose: “Don’t be worried, Mr. Allnut.
Allnut: “Oh, I ain’t worried, miss. I gave myself up for dead back when we started.”

(from The African Queen, a film by John Huston)

The Christian has been crucified with Christ, and therefore is reckoned dead to the world, so when the world offers its problems, the Christian finds worry superfluous: he has given himself up for dead back when he started.

. . . do not be anxious about anything . . .
– Philippians 4:6

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
– Galatians 6:14

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  1. Roberta says:

    Some of us are constitutionally inclined not to worry and go with the flow. I've been accused of being a Pollyanna. I try to tell my critic that God is in control and knows all about it. All I get is a disgusted "Oh sure!" response. I'm learning just to pray and keep my mouth shut!

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