STOP right now and think for a minute. Are you stressing or worrying about anything? What is it? Is there anything that you can do about it? If so, are you actively taking those steps? Don’t most people feel at least a little less stressed if they can actually do something to alleviate the problem?
On the other hand, if you are like most human beings, isn’t a lot of our worry and stress self-induced? Why is that? If you step back and examine such situations, doesn’t a lot of our worry and anxiety come from things that we have no control over? Here are some examples that you might be able to relate to…
- Your favorite sport team blows a game because of what you think is a poor decision by the coach or referee.
- Your spouse, child, or friend doesn’t think like you want them to think and it frustrates you to wits end.
- Your boss never seems to appreciate your work.
- You need rain and it just won’t rain… or vice versa.
The list could go on and on. But do you see a common ingredient? Doesn’t each one of them involve something that you have no control over?
You may have heard words from Chuck Swindoll that have been shared many times regarding our circumstances…
“The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”
Would you rather experience peace and joy instead of worry and anxiety? Why not exhibit faith and do what the great book of instruction tells us to do… Be thankful in all things rather than dwell on what is wrong.