Life presents challenges to us all and most of us understand worry. There are enough ordeals along the way of life to cause each of us to worry our heads off. However, worry will never add another day to our lives. Worry will not smooth a wrinkle, dry a tear or eliminate disease, poverty.  It will not keep someone from harm. Worry has never prevented bad news or bad things from happening.  

Worry rarely changes anything except to make us tense. This usually results in sleep loss, nausea, ulcers and chest pain. Who needs any of these? Worry often leads to stress and too much stress is never reported as being good for us. Of course, just daily living creates some stress for us all. We have appointments, jobs, deadlines, life goals and commitments.  Within these there are expectations that bring about daily stress.

Deep down gnawing worry, fretting and fear doesn’t do us much good. When we are filled with worry and fear all the time it only makes our situation worse.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:25 to not worry about the needs of this life. “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Yet, if we are honest, we’ve all worried about all the above and much more at different times in our lives.

Let’s try to think more about caution and prevention and doing what we know to do.

For example, take the Covid-19 vaccination.  It’s free, and it might save your life and the lives of people you love. Why wouldn’t you do it? This is called prevention. You still might get sick but it might save your life. Your family loves you and needs you. Surely, you care enough about them to get this vaccination.

I know people who haven’t gotten the vaccination and I’m concerned. However, I’m encouraging them to go and get the shot. This is something I can do. I can talk to them, fuss and gripe. Lying awake all night worrying about it will not change anything.

Eat right, exercise, take your vitamins, go to the doctor regularly and do what your doctor says to do. Worrying about your health, will not make you healthy.

Stop worrying about money. Worrying about money will not make you richer. Go to work. Figure out some way to make a little if you are physically able. Don’t throw your money away. Look for ways to save some. After this, don’t sit around and worry, just be busy doing something and you won’t have time to worry.

Eliminating worry is easier said than done. Pray, meditate, be physically and mentally active. Be creative and on the offense about whatever might be troubling you. Don’t take life sitting down. Tackle what you can and trust everything to G[-]d.

Dr. Glenn Mollette, Newburgh, IN



The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, welcome[s] the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the ground-breaking Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework legislation.

The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act creates a $50 million program to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency for houses of worship, religious day schools and other nonprofits nationwide. Administered by the Department of Energy, it will provide individual grants of up to $200,000 for nonprofits to upgrade existing infrastructure and purchase items such as up to date HVAC systems.

The bipartisan provision, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) was spearheaded by the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union and a coalition of other nonprofit groups. The Senate passed the infrastructure bill 69-30 in August.

We are very grateful to bipartisan leaders and the many rank and file lawmakers who worked to ensure this key provision ultimately was included in this legislative package. The creation of the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act will help our foundational institutions become more environmentally sound and enable them to expand their offerings through energy cost savings

We seek to be good stewards of our environment and assist our synagogues and schools in devoting more resources to serving people than paying utility bills; the energy efficiency program now approved by both the House and the Senate will provide a springboard for our institutions to make the upgrades they have so long and so badly needed.

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