One of my tasks involves answering the phone and directing
callers to the appropriate person. In order to connect them to someone else, I
must dial an extension and disconnect them from me. Sometimes the caller keeps
dialing my extension for one reason or another. Until I find someone to take
responsibility for helping them, I must either take a message or come up with a
At times, worry forms a connection with me. It resists my
efforts to break the cycle. It keeps coming back, whispering what-if's in my
ear. Now, as a writer, part of my equipment is asking what-if questions, but
that can get twisted and turned against me. No one can stop this endless circle
but me. It's my responsibility. Here's how I deal with worry:
1. I've memorized
scriptures that deal with fear and worry. Isaiah 41:10, 2 Timothy 1:7, and others
are part of my arsenal.
2. How do I apply
these verses? In prayer, I thank God that He has not given me a spirit of fear,
but of power, love, and a sound mind. I thank Him that He is with me and will
help and strengthen me.
3. It's all about
replacing thinking contrary to the truth of God's Word.
This short circuits the connection with a non-productive
emotion. It may try to come back, but as I apply these principles, it finally
gives up. I'd much rather be connected with the peace and joy that comes from
trusting the One, who holds my life in His hands.
Writers and Readers:
How do you fight worry?