Many Americans feel as though this Monday is extremely different than a week ago. Last Monday, you might have been starting your work week with challenges, but you didn’t feel as overwhelmed.
You felt as if there was hope. As though you had something to look forward to in your future. That things indeed for you and the nation you live in were going to get better.
But today, a week has made a radical difference for many.
If you attended church service on yesterday, you were part of the millions who were voluntarily captured audiences to a critical need of inspirational speaking. Many ministers endeavored to encourage their congregations while struggling to make sense of what has been called America’s biggest political upset in history.
“Both faith and fear sail into the harbor of your mind, but only faith should be allowed to anchor” (Anonymous).
Whereas, there are many Christians that are verbally declaring how solid their faith is in God and their hope for the future, internally, they are dealing with fear and anxiety about what the future holds under a leader who has divided a country prior to taking office.
I, too, can relate to the disappointment and uncertainties that America and the world had to acknowledge on the day after the election. Even though it is okay to own our own feelings, we must not allow them to paralyze our lives.
As easy as it is to give into faulty thinking, we have to make positive declarations about our future. This means that we must first think the right thoughts about ourselves and our situations.
“Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared” (Proverbs 3:25-26, NIV).
Today, this week, and going forward you don’t have to allow anxiety to so set in about what might happen to change your current lifestyle. You don’t have to become overwhelmed about what government officials might do to alter your future or your children’s future.
You must be present in the now while living in the future. Regardless of what unpleasant circumstances you find yourself experiencing in your present, there is always hope in your future. You don’t have to fear what sudden disasters might strike. You have had challenges in your past and you lived through them.
There is greatness in your future. However, if you allow yourself to be paralyze by fear you will always remain stagnant and unable to mobilize the gifts, strengths and promises that God has given to you.
1 TIP – TO KEEP YOU FROM BEING PARALYZED BY FEAR
Change Your Thinking– “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). The way you think has so much to do with the words you speak, your action and how you respond to adversity.
We have all been guilty of allowing our emotions to control our thoughts and actions. I definitely have been guilty of this, even in my recent past. But when I remember what anchors me, my faith, that is when the pressure to give into uncontrollable weights is released from my natural desire to want to control.
You might be thinking that this is easier said than done. But it is as difficult as we allow it to be. Walking in fear does not help our future. But choosing to stand on our faith and moving forward in the promises of God does.
Now, I know I have highlighted one main tip, but one thing that I was reminded of over the weekend that helps to simmer my ‘anxieties’ was laughter. Sometimes, if not very often, our minds need to rest from all the seriousness that we encounter every day. A friend of mine shared the Saturday Night Live clip that you might have heard everyone talking about. It produces laughter, while giving us hope for the future.
Enjoy this clip and remember to be moved by hope!