Worry is assuming responsibility for things that are out of our control. That’s pretty much everything. (Charles Swindoll, author)

Swindoll’s observation is not all that encouraging, is it? Do I have to live in an environment where “everything” is out of my control? No doubt, the writer doesn’t want us to become hopeless. Rather, we should be alert to what’s happening around us and respond to it with care and planning. Worry won’t help but being alert and discerning will.

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life. . . Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:25, 34)