Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
I don’t always realize how worry and anxiety affect me. In fact, if asked I would say that I don’t worry very often.
But then something happens, it happens most often in competitive settings.
I want to live a joy-filled life, but too often I have settled for wanting to be successful.
Success or Joy?
When have I chosen the pursuit of success over joy?
I complain when I think Halo or Call of Duty is being unfair to me.
I yell at myself – out loud – when I make a mistake playing tennis.
I become commanding when l am playing football. 1
I pout when my teammates make mistakes.
In part it comes from a lie hidden deep inside me that is fueled by a fear. My fear is a worry that if I failed to do everything I could to succeed, it is an awful failure and I deserve to be punished. And when other people do the same thing they need to be corrected.
I know that it’s not true. I know that’s a lie. But, they are lies that I have carried in my life since I was little.
And, that leads to worry.
On the negative side of worry:
I’m afraid that I will lose.
I’m afraid that we will lose.
On the positive side:
I want to prevent us from experiencing the pain of losing.
I want to give us the joy of winning.
I want to know what I need to know to be successful.
I want to do everything I can do to help others to be successful.
That’s my life.
How does worry affect you? Your life? How about today?
3 Answers 4 Worry’s Voice
1. Remember, “to worry” is a verb. It’s an action. It might be so much a part of your life that it’s an instinctive reaction, but you and I can choose not to worry. You and I can also choose not to focus our thoughts and energy on worry and anxiety. Though it takes practice and self-discipline, we can each learn to choose not to allow worry to dominate our thoughts.
2. Learn this rhyme and remind yourself how toxic worry is to living with joy.
Worry, you’re dragging me down.
You’re causing a frown.
It’s a crime, how much you’re wasting my time.
God inspired Paul to write to his friends at the church in Philippi and tell them, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 2
Paul wrote that while he was in jail.
#mysilentscream: I want to have the worry-free joy Paul experienced.
1 – I looked for a picture, fortunately someone took a picture of a great catch by my friend Hudson. He caught my pass for a touchdown was over my friend (and nemesis) interception-catching Marcus. =)
2 – Philippians 4:6-7, HCSB