Because we can’t control present or future circumstances and we can’t control other people, we become anxious, fearful that something will go wrong. Why do these fears become so strong? Why do we get so overwhelmed and paralyzed by anxiety? Because of past painful or negative experiences, we want to avoid going through them again. We try to control our environment and make things happen the way we want them to happen.
But we can’t control things or people. We aren’t God. We were never intended to be God and when we try to play God, things usually come out badly.
If you struggle with anxiety (and who doesn’t?), think about this acrostic: F – A – I – T – H
F — Fact and Feeling:
- Yes, you are feeling anxious. Admit it.
- But, remember the fact: God is in control.
- You don’t have to be controlled by the feeling of fear.
A — Assess It
- Ask yourself: why am I feeling anxious? What is wrong?
- What needs to change? Me or the circumstances?
- Is there something I need to do differently?
- Is there something I need to accept?
I — Invite God
- Ask God to help you right now.
- Pray out loud so your ears can hear your prayer.
- Recommit yourself to doing His will and to accepting His plan.
T — Thank God
- Give thanks to your heavenly Father.
- He loves you and will never leave you.
- Thank Him for His presence, for His help and for His forgiveness.
H —Hope Again
- When you choose to not be ruled by fear, you can walk in hope again:
- Hope in the Lord, in spite of the circumstances.
- Hope that is bigger than the current situation.