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The Dance With Worry

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Photo courtesy of Evil Erin via Flickr

Worry is an emotional anchor in that weighs us down. When we worry, we are thinking, “What if bad things happen?” We can be in such fear of bad “what if’s” happening that we drain vital energy right out of our lives. Instead, we need positive energy to keep us going. With the grace we receive from God, we can move through any emotional storm in our worlds. Worry will try to hijack that grace and our newfound strength.

If we give worry power, then we enter into a dance in which worry spins us around, and we lose direction in our dizzy state. We are off course and disconnected from proper perspective. Below are some tips for interrupting the dance with worry.

How to Become an Unwilling Dance Partner With Worry

Tip #1: Live with a cup-half-full mentality.

How we feel often depends on the way we think. Rather than dwelling on problems, force yourself to focus on solutions. Instead of seeing the negatives of “why not,” try to hold a steady gaze on the positives of “why it can work.” By seeing the cup half full in life, we can embrace the positive opportunities in challenges.

Tip #2: Realize that worry never helps.

Worry is a complete waste of time. We are trying to tackle problems in our own strength instead of surrendering our issues to God so He can work His magic. God can accomplish in three seconds what we may try to complete on our own over several years.

Tip #3: Surrender to the higher reason … for now.

Things are not moving now for a reason. When we choose to have faith, we trust that there is a reason the solution to our problem has not arrived now. With a positive focus, and in the overall walk of faith, we can trust that doors are closed because even better doors are opening according to God’s plans. Our opportunity is to not let worry drain us and steal valuable energy from our lives. If we trust God, then we can find peace in His timing. We may not know why things are not working according to our expectations, but we can trust that something better is coming along and those solutions will become clear in time. Our way is never greater than God’s way, so disappointments are really temporary obstacles in the unfolding of the Lord’s greatest plans. God’s best is coming, and our challenge is to develop patience along the way.

Worry never made a good dance partner. Instead, we can choose to dance with faith.

With faith, we know things can and will get better and that God’s best is coming our way. With impatience and worry, we become emotionally stuck in a holding pattern, waiting to become “happy” when solutions appear. Our challenge is to choose who we will dance with.

Do you choose worry, or do you choose faith as a dance partner in life?

About Cathy Patterson-Sterling

Cathy Patterson-Sterling is a Christian counselor with a counseling ministry called Real Life Tool Box. She is an author, speaker, wife, mother and friend. Through her counseling ministry, she offers more than 50 e-learning audio play courses to help people grow in faith and have their healthiest relationships. She is passionate about helping people find freedom from fear or other emotional strongholds that are holding them back from living out their greatest potential in God's plans for their lives.
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