Happy first Sunday in July! Welcome to part 3 of my 9-part series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that new found wisdom to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.
Here’s a brief recap:
*On Friday, 7/5, I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year, mentioned how we often fear both the known and the unknown, and reminded us that Jesus knew what it was like to face fear and provided us with an example to follow in how to handle fear.
For today’s post, I want to discuss how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives. I often share tidbits from various publications I own, including many written by Joyce Meyer, one of my favorite Bible teachers and motivational speakers. This is another one of those times; let’s look at what Joyce says about not allowing worries and fears to affect us negatively:
“You don’t have to go through life worrying and trying to figure out how to solve all your problems. Think about all the things you have worried about in your life and how they have all worked out…
That ought to help you realize that worry and reasoning are a waste of time and energy. Stop worrying. Stop complicating your life by trying to figure out everything. Just admit that you don’t know, that you are not able, that you need God.
Then go on living, and enjoy life while God is giving you the answers.”
–Joyce Meyer in New Day New You [Day Nov. 2]
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What do you think? Have you noticed how worrying about and fearing something really does drain your energy, increase your stress, and really accomplish nothing positive? I have heard many mothers, especially, say something like, “It’s my job to worry.” I think I probably said it myself a few times!
Yeah, I’m thinking we must STOP doing that!! It’s not our job to worry – it’s our job to TRUST God and to stop worrying, so those things we worry about won’t develop into overwhelming fears, which sometimes materialize as self-fulfilling prophesies.