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 solution.
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?