One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Luke 12:25 where Jesus says “Who by worrying can add a single thing to your life?”
This past week I have dealt with some of my own worrying and have seen it in many of the people in my life.
When I read this passage it gets me back on point because there is such wisdom and truth there.
Worrying accomplishes nothing. But yet we all do it.
It can suck up a lot of time and energy which, for most of us, are already in short supply.
The crazy thing is, most of the time the things we worry about never come to pass. Or if they do, they are not as horrible as we thought they would be.
So what do we do when worrying starts knocking at our door?
What Can You Do To Overcome Worry?
Here are 3 practical steps I took this week when I had a possible mold issue come up at my rental property. My first gut instinct was to worry and I went into a nosedive. But these steps pulled me up and out fairly quickly.
1. Reframe the issue and change your perspective. Instead of worrying about my rental property and how much this issue might cost me, I redefined this as an opportunity to show kindness to my renter who was worried and scared. I took the focus off me and put it on someone else. I don’t know about you, but when I do this I always feel better.
2. Attack the problem head on. Immediately I ordered a mold inspection and decided we were going to take quick action. If there is a problem I have the resources to deal with it. I have learned the quicker you deal with something the better the outcome. It will not just go away.
3. I went deeper into my spiritual and mental exercises. I spent more time in prayer and reading my Bible as well as listened to some of my favorite pastors and podcasters. It’s like good nutrition for the mind and spirit. This got me into ‘seek and destroy’ mode. It kept me focused on where I am going vs. the minor distraction. It also allowed me to recall similar things in the past that I have pushed through and reminded me that this will be no different.
Another favorite passage is 2 Timothy 1:7: “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind (discipline).” This reminds me that I have the power to push forward. In my opinion, worrying is an insult to God. It’s telling Him “you aren’t doing your job.” The truth is, we all have resources available to overcome challenges.
Life goes by fast and time is something we can’t get back. The next time worry comes up give it the boot by using these 3 steps and plow over it like speed bump.
Onward and upward!
Dedicated to your results!
Fill Your Mind With Positive Content
P.S. My favorite podcast has become the ED MYLETT SHOW. This guy has some great lessons in changing your mindset as well as inspirational guests. Try checking it out on your podcast app. I like to listen to it while I am driving my kids around and sometimes when I am doing cardio. It has really blessed me and I hope it will bless you too.