“The Way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act.” Rick Warren
Recently, when talking to someone on the phone about my age, she said, “emotionally you don’t seem your age.” I was surprised and slightly offended. I should have asked her to clarify her statement but gave her a weak response, instead. Does she think my positive attitude and focus on the omnipotence of God is mistaken for a “Pollyanna” view of the world? While I choose to see the good in people and try to focus on the positive, I am aware of the darkness and danger in this world.
As a former worrier, I obsessed about my problems, my children’s problems, and the world’s, in general, problems. I could make myself ill over things which I had no control. Although I still brood a bit over these things, the Holy Spirit nudges me to let go and let God.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo F. Buscaglia Jesus also said, ” And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Luke 12:25
So, how do I cope when my world (or my kids’ world) seems to crash around me? I pray. Yup, that’s right. I pray. When there is nothing I can do to make it better, then I go to the master who can turn the worst of situations into something good. And while I am waiting, I must trust that God will help me (us).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Research has shown that when people practice positive thinking, it changes their behavior and overall well-being. That doesn’t mean we should be naive, but it does mean not to focus on the negative. For example, when you first wake up, thank God for a good night’s sleep, for the gift of another day. If nothing else, thank him for his love for you, your family, your health, or anything God has done for you then ask him what you can do for him. Some mornings you may need his help just to survive the day. That’s ok, just try to look up, not down, at your circumstances.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (Jesus). John 14:1 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
For those of you reeling from loss during this Covid-19 season, I pray that you will cling to Jesus. He knows how you feel and sees your tears. Don’t think, for a minute, that he doesn’t care for you. (Psalm 56:8) “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147: 3 But the secret is you have to go to Him, in prayer, and ask for help. If you are too distraught to even pray, look up the Psalms I have listed and “pray” them to God. He will hear you and comfort you. God Bless.