Yesterday morning, I could have sworn I had only picked up my phone a minute ago just to stop the crying chirping that is my 5: 45 am alarm. Must have been a dream because the clock now said 6:25. How Usually at this time my shoes are on my feet, and I’m all decked out in my black kitchen uniform, looking like a priest or something out of a kung fu film. Nope not this time. Instead I was in bed, wide-eyed, sporting my pajamas. I leaped out of bed, preparing to scold myself.
As I took a quick shower, the lukewarm water running down my troubled filling head, I began think to myself, I am not going to do this today. The stressing. I’m not the first person to be late to work. Even if I am late at least I am going to be there, doing my job the best I can, just like I always do.
As I got my clothes together as calmly as I possibly could, my phone buzzed on my dresser. A warm smile formed on my face when I discovered it was good morning text from my amazing girlfriend. Thinking about Courtni, I thought also about how she would feel if she knew I were beating myself up over something like this, so I knew for sure I was not going to worry myself today.
Was I late to work- of course. Two measly minutes past 7:00. But I was more pleased that I took my time on the slick roads caused by the rain. My heels weren’t aching because I wasn’t running trying to race to the clock. My breathing was steady. Not a hint of sweat on my forehead. No stress, I said aloud.
“Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” – Proverbs 12:25 NKJV
Next time you are contemplating worrying about something, take a moment to think; to analyze what this matter is. Consider if this matter is really worth your breathing speeding up, the veins in your head throbbing, or you sweating through your clothes. Once you have put some thought into it, say to yourself that you are not going to worry. That you are not going to turn a small pebble into a mountain or a spark into a wild fire. I highly recommend taking a step further by going somewhere alone, kneeling, and putting your hands together to pray. If you’re not sure how to pray for stress, here’s an example, from one worry wart (that’s me) to another:
Lord, you know I worry a lot. I try not to, but it’s just so difficult sometimes. Stress and I seem be good friends, but I need some better ones. Better ones like you. Because you are greater than any anxiety that the human mind conjures up, or that the enemy implants in my mind. I cast my cares upon you. Amen
Have a good day and God Blesss