If you are like most people I have spoken with, you may be unsettled by all that is happening around you. From murders to weather, this world is, as Heidi Klum worded it on the television show America’s Got Talent, “crazy right now.”
Worry may seem natural; anxiety a given. Those two poisons in high quantities lead only one direction toward physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual illness.
None of us as individuals can fight all the battles. It is too much.
Pick your hill.
Warriors since ancient days have attempted to take or protect territories from enemies. Running up a hill to seize it is a dangerous mission. Not every hill is worth the risk.
Consider your mental health. Focus on what you can control and let go of what you cannot control. Worry about all of it at once will only wreck you and your energy to accomplish good. For some, thriving is simply managing basic functions, and that is okay too.
Refusal to worry is not at all the same thing as apathy. Letting go is a powerful means by which to care in ways you can actually make a difference.
I have often wondered if I should be doing more to address the cares of the world. However, I am only Nancy. One person. My strengths and limitations have me where I am. A friend stopped by the other day and said “Just do Nancy.”
You too, just do you. Go for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Do what is realistic and manageable for you.
The battle plan
When we humbly align our lives with God through his Son Jesus, we find that God fights battles for us. Let God fight the big and small fights. When other people and world issues are not in your control (which they never are), prayer is your most strategic weapon and source of peace.
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Today’s Helpful Word
Ephesians 1: 18-23
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.
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I always love reading your insightful posts.
Regarding worry, I heard this:
When you start to worry about something, it is a red flag that you are taking on a responsibility that God never intended you to have.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB)
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?”
Matthew 6:25-26 (NJKV)
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee..”
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
Thanks for the scriptures, Patty. I like the red flag idea too. So true. When we pay attention to our emotions we can find a lot of information.