When I was a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. One year I asked my parents to buy me all the He-Man action figures and Castle Grayskull, the fortress located on the planet Eternia.
On Christmas morning, however, I noticed that Castle Grayskull was nothing like its portrayal on the commercials! On the commercials, the castle was accompanied by background music and a narrator whose distinctive voice sounded a lot like that of James Earl Jones. The castle even had a trap door—a trap door! The trap door worked in the commercials. But it didn’t work in my house!
That’s when I realized that Castle Grayskull wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
Likewise, over the years I’ve discovered that worry isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Worry talks a good game, but it’s not nearly as powerful as it wants us to think it is. Some of the stuff we’re worrying about isn’t even worth the time or energy.
In Matthew 6:27, Jesus addresses the issue in the form of a rhetorical question, saying, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”