Every day we’re met with new challenges. Some challenges we feel pretty confident about. Other challenges we’re stumped as to how to handle them, or we fail in trying to conquer them. Challenges, changes and choices can really stress us out, added to the goings-on around the world that have nothing to do with us but still concern us simply because things aren’t as peaceful, loving and supportive as we would like them to be.
I read a verse I hadn’t read in a while last week, a verse that reminded me that some things are still simple, despite the challenges and complicated lives we live:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
We have a choice as to how we respond to things in our lives. We can react in fear, panic, hate or learn how to work beyond our initial reaction. Jesus was really good at responding beyond His initial reaction. I’m sure there were times He would have preferred to throw a fit, throw people overboard or leave people to their own devices, but His giving heart wouldn’t let Him. Instead, He was practiced in being patient, staying calm (most of the time) and most importantly checked in with God frequently.
If you’re anxious about things going on in your life don’t forget to turn to God. Don’t forget to ask Him for His help. Don’t forget that your first thought, your first reaction, doesn’t have to be your last or your only. Take your time in considering the situation, consider how God would react, and remember that a prayer and breath for patience can go a long way in diffusing the anxiety and making smarter choices, choices that are honoring of God and making a better future for all of us.