In 1988, Bobby McFerrin wrote on of the most addictive songs in world history. "Don't worry! Be Happy!" I don't think I've heard that song on the radio on time in over thirty years that it hasn't wound up being stuck in my head for a week. It was the first a cappella song in history to reach number one on the Billboard charts. There's not a single instrument used. All the parts are vocal or sounds made by Bobby McFerrin.
Everybody seems to love that song when it came out, and it was made even more popular due to the music video that featured the antics of legendary comedian Robin Williams.
And you could almost say unintentionally, the song is a very Biblical concept boiled down into four words. Don't Worry. Be Happy!
God didn't build us to worry. But honestly I don't know many Christians that don't worry on occasion. We add layers and layers of complications on our lives many times, and many of the things we worry about aren't actually that important. Many of our worries would go away if we would simply learn to pray about those things that concern us. If we'd learn to lean on Jesus when we struggle.
We live in a society that screams MORE MORE MORE. Jesus is telling us less is more. Focus on priorities and focus on simplicity in your life. And learn to trust Jesus when we're troubled. Those are the keys to contentment. Those are the keys to happiness.
(This is an excerpt from the Wednesday Night Recharge Message delivered April 20, 2022 at Muncie Baptist Church)
~Todd E. Creason