Maybe you’re like me and you are always waiting for something bad to happen. When you get good news at work, you can’t believe it is true. Your mind immediately rushes to think of several different scenarios where this will be a bad thing. When things are going well you pump the brakes of optimism and tell yourself to slow down because this high can’t last forever.
Maybe you’re like me and you are a dreamer. You can see your life down the road. It’s wonderful. You see a big house and you are debt free with a thriving professional life. You can envision all of this but the path to get there is as foggy as a cold morning in January. The lack of clarity makes you wish you didn’t even hope. Why can’t you be like others who seem so satisfied with the status quo.
Maybe you’re like me and you struggle with anxiety. Struggle is an understatement. It can cripple you to your knees and make you beg God for another ailment, anything but this one. You bounce through life like a pinball waiting to get thrown faster than the speed of light in another direction with more issues. Waiting to feel like there is something wrong with you even though deep down you know there isn’t.
Maybe if you’re like me you need to hear something. It’s something I need to hear on a daily basis.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Not only did God not give us a spirit of fear which cripples us and brings us down, he has given us a spirit of power. Do you feel like you have a spirit of power? Most days I don’t either. I have learned I need to immerse myself with this verse and others like it. God has given me a spirit of a sound mind. I have the ability to overcome anxiety and problems which accompany it.
I still struggle. I still have days where I don’t feel like I can do it. I have to lean into these words. I have to make sure I live and act in the way God has called me to act. He hasn’t called me to be fearful he has called me to be powerful.
So maybe you’re like me and you are getting better. You have issues which come up and they don’t bother you like they did last month or last year. Maybe you realize God has called you to a great life, a prosperous life. Choose to live that way. Maybe you will realize it is the way you should have been living this whole time.