Welcome back to part 7 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.
There’s a brief recap with links at the end of the post if you want to catch up on the first six parts.
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For Part 7, here’s the topic: Shrug Therapy, otherwise known as learning to cast all our “cares” — anxieties, fears, and concerns — on God, because He has promised to take care of us (Bible verse in I Peter 5:7). I can’t claim credit for the term “Shrug Therapy” – that came from Joyce Meyer and refers to the idea of shrugging off those cares and concerns.
Shrugging is not meant to be an apathetic gesture of not caring – rather, it indicates an acknowledgement of the existence in our lives of things we honestly can’t control. As Joyce said in “New Day New You” (for the devotional thought on August 17):
How you react to things you can’t control helps determine your stress level and quality of health. The low-stress approach is to shrug things off. Life happens. Do your best, pray, and God will do the rest!
I think this is another important step toward leaving the past behind and moving forward. If we can get beyond worries and fears over past problems, so we don’t project those into the present and future, we can more successfully move ahead into the second half of 2013 with less stress, greater confidence, and more peace.
How about you? Do you tend to let cares get the best of you? What do you think of applying “Shrug Therapy” instead?
Here’s the recap on the first six parts:
*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.
*On Sunday, 7/7, I discussed how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.
*On Monday, 7/8, I addressed how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward.
*On Tuesday, 7/9, I mentioned Joyce Meyer’s concept of “stepping out to find out” if we’re heading in the right direction.
*On Wednesday, 7/10, I emphasized the importance of not allowing regrets and discouragement to hold us captive to the past.