Robert Anthony tells a story about a man who went to see a psychiatrist because he was obsessed with worry. The psychiatrist used hypnosis in therapy and was able to wipe out the memory of what was worrying the man. The psychiatrist was shocked to see the patient back in his office a few days later. "It's worse than ever, Doc," said the man. "What's the problem now?" said the psychiatrist. The patient replied, "I have forgotten what I am supposed to be worrying about." So many people are beset by all kinds of anxieties and worries. Are you so used to worrying that you sometimes forget what you're supposed to be worrying about?


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.