Lysa TerKeurst nailed it when she wrote, “Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings and perfectly capable of that little gift… called self-control.”
And so it goes with anxiety. Anxiety is an indicator, not a dictator.
When feelings swirl inside of you, don’t ignore them. Address it.
It’s normal to feel anxious and worried during a national crisis. After four months of being in quarantine—it’s normal to question whether or not the world outside your front door is safe.
Talk to someone about your feelings. Journal about it and bring it to God in prayer.
Anxiety is a persistent feeling of worry. Sometimes it is constant, while other times it rushes over you all at once. When dealing with anxiety, it’s important to assess your emotions and bring them to light.
When we shed light on our fears, they lose their power. Light always overcomes the darkness (John 1:5). Darkness cannot overcome the light but light always overcomes the darkness just as “everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1st John 5:4).
Have faith the world will become safe again, despite not having all the answers. You have the choice to meditate on what could go right or what could go wrong. So empowering!
Which one will you choose?