Stop allowing yourself to be anxious or disturbed: and do not permit yourself to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.
-John 14:27 (AMP)
Did you know anxiety is a choice? I know very well how that can seem false. I’ve struggled with enough anxiety to think, “how is that possible?” But anxiety is entirely in the mind, which we do have control over. We not only have the power to combat anxiety, we have the power to keep it out of our heads altogether. Take a look at the words used in John 14:27-allowing yourself, permit yourself. The Bible tells us to stop it like we stop an unwanted bad habit.
We choose anxiety by allowing our minds to continue to think and accept the anxious thoughts that wander in throughout the day. The way we choose against it is by stopping the thought when it comes and consciously changing to a different thought, one that is opposite the anxiety. This is how we “stop allowing” ourselves to be anxious.
You don’t end a war by avoiding the fight. You end a war by going in and stopping the fight with the right strategy.
There’s always new stuff to learn, and no matter how old I get or how far I get, I’ll always still be a kid in a classroom, getting some knowledge. Here are some new things I’ve learned:
- Not making a change when you need to can make you miserable. Only a select few can live contently in the same place doing the same thing, but more often than not, you’re not that person, and you’ll be miserable soon if you don’t change something. And you don’t have to be a young 20-year-old just starting out. The smallest changes can be the difference between a haphazard life and a fulfilling one.
- Don’t change too fast, though. It’s very easy to, once you make one change, to suddenly get into a groove and change everything. Take it easy. Only change one thing at a time, and give space in between them. Some things are meant to stick around longer. Best thing to do is ask God. You will know when he gives you the green light; you will.
- Stop blaming the forces outside of you. I am guilty of this, and it’s amazing the switch that happens in your brain when you decide to just be satisfied instead of giving control of your life to outside forces. Yes, perhaps that factor is making it hard to do something or be happy, but it all begins and ends up in your head. You can control that, so if you can’t change what’s on the outside, change the inside.
- Your fear may motivate you, but don’t let it be the ultimate catalyst. Fear can be useful when it pushes you to move or change. BUT! if it’s the only reason why you’re moving and changing, then its time to rearrange your motivators. In the end, if you continue to be controlled by fear, it will bite you in the butt and you’ll never be happy. You’ll always be fearful!
- Stay in your lane (don’t let others’ choices sway you). People are going to be ahead of you. You’re also going to be ahead of people, and that’s how it’s suppose to be. This goes back to that Bible devotion from Psalm 37:7. Are you going to be discouraged or inspired? Stay your path and don’t get distracted by the progress of others, including those who are behind you (yes, they can distract you, too). Refrain from judging or evaluating them. Put some blinders on your eyes concerning your lane of progress, and stay focused.
What are some things you’ve learned recently in your journey?