Want to eliminate anxiety from your life? Me too. Not possible, you say? I beg to differ.
There is a secret that’s not really a secret. Feel free to share with the class and your mom and your neighbors. Maybe you’ve heard it, maybe you haven’t. It’s so old, it’s new. It’s so simple, it’s hard.
Drum roll, please.
When a fearful, hurtful or anxiety-ridden situation slaps you full-on in the face, here’s what you do –
Ask God these exact (or somewhat similar) questions:
God, what’s Your take on this situation?
Jesus, speak to me about this.
Open my eyes to see things from Your perspective.
God, here’s what I see. Now, show me what You see.
What do You want to say to me about this?
Here’s how I feel….. but how should I feel?
Help me to feel more connected to You than to my emotions. (Ahhh… this is the hard one!)
There you have it. You’re welcome. 🙂
There’s no need to wig out or unravel. No need to breathe in an abnormally deep, long and rapid manner. And you wanna know the best thing? Not only do you not have to freak out about things, you don’t have to manage the not freaking out on your own. Hallelujah! Not only will God show you His perspective on things (which, by the way, you couldn’t even imagine if you tried), He will help you to stop, drop and roll when the fires of anxiety are licking at your hiney. Sorry if you just got a gross visual. God will help you, empower you, and enable you to get into the habit of taking a self-prescribed, God-delivered chill pill at the first signs of angst.
I didn’t say it was easy, just possible.
Here’s what I suggest….. ask Him now, while you’re calm. Don’t wait until you’re about to blow a gasket or rip someone’s head off, punch the wall or punch your kid. Please don’t punch your kid. Do it while your world is at peace, soothing music plays in the background, rainbows are scattered across your sky and unicorns dance at your feet. Seriously, do it now. Ask Him during your quiet time. Decide that this is the kind of person you want to be (oh, come on, you know it is), and then leave the hard work up to Him. He is a heavy lifter, a strong arm, a safe refuge, a strong tower, and (BONUS!) He cares about you, your emotions and even your tantrums. Ask Him over and over again until you start to get it. I think it goes without saying that He gets it the first time. We are the ones who take a while. Ask God to take you on a journey of peace, love and a sound mind. We have the mind of Christ already. I don’t know about you, but I want to act like I do.
By the way….. I am still learning to live this way. The patience you extend to me as I journey is appreciated and will be reciprocated….. lovingly, of course. 🙂