Refuse to Pay the Worry Tax

Refuse to Pay the Worry Tax

July 09, 2014
Written by Steven Liechty

Donna Schaper

" . . . the place where you stand is holy ground." - Exodus 3:5

Everybody wants to simplify and no one knows how. Everybody wants more time for important things and less time on the trivial. Many of us want our attention commanded by a burning bush, one that will remind us how holy the ground is on which we stand.

One suggestion is to have the "talk."  I don't mean the sexuality talk for adolescents. I mean the death talk. It is holy ground.

One of the biggest taxes on life is worrying about the future. I call this the "what if?"  tax. What if I live too long and my money runs out?  What if I die too soon and I don't get to spend my money?  What if I am still trying to figure out how to forward a document when heaven comes knocking on my door?  Or worse, looking for my lost cell phone?  Again?

Ellen Goodman says "the death talk" can be the most efficient, sustaining and renewing thing we can do. Why?  We cross it off our bucket list. We live today without the tax of wondering who our health proxy is, where our will is and who will get the scented geraniums or the pearls or the snow globe collection.

As Ellen Goodman also puts it, death rates remain at 100%. If something is that holy and that ordinary and that universal, it is also grounding.


Send us deep into our own ground, O God, and there let us unbosom ourselves. Amen.

About the Author
Donna Schaper is Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Her latest book is Grace at Table: Small Spiritual Solutions to Large Material Problems.

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