The Harm of Worrying
The victim rationalizes anticipation of disaster as prudence; anxiety in anticipation of such trials as exams and court appearances as practical rehearsals; guilt as a high sense of responsibility and morality; inappropriate worrying as human caring and great concern linked to martyred saintliness. But these are actually all devices working in the service of self-hate. They invariably destroy pleasure and happiness as well as efficiency and effectiveness in current here and now activities. They have a depleting, fatiguing, constricting effect, and are ultimately destructive to self-esteem and to one’s actual person.
Theodore Rubin, Compassion and Self-Hate, Page 76
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another post.
Regular Readers definitely know by now I’m a real bookworm. I always have my nose in a book; I never stop. And besides Christian books I make sure to get a good amount of variety.
Christ is the Truth, and worldly wisdom (small ‘w’) is not Godly Wisdom (big ‘W’). But there is practical wisdom we can learn from secular books. We can use this practical wisdom to Glorify God by living a better life and achieving more things for Him. There’s value in reading history, science, self-help books and other genres of writing. Even some fiction books too. We shouldn’t shun the other genres because they aren’t Christian. They very well could have useful info for us, and sometimes God can even direct us to read one.
The latest book I’m reading right now is called Compassion and Self-Hate by Dr. Theodore Rubin. It’s a great self-help book explaining the ways we attack ourselves in our minds and our heart, our soul. These attacks happen on both a conscious and unconscious level. It’s been enlightening seeing the ways certain thought patterns of mine are actually attacks on myself, coming from myself. I’m very grateful to have this book and the wisdom from it, and I thank God for moving my Spirit to read it.
Today I’m pulling a short quote from the book, and it’s about worrying. Worrying is actually an act of self-hate, Dr. Rubin says. Have you ever thought about worrying like that?? It makes much sense, what Dr. Rubin says. And when we contrast what he says with what Jesus says in…