I listened to a lot of Patch the Pirate when I was young. Don't worry if you don't know who that is. The important thing is that I learned some valuable life lessons from these programs during my formative years. One such lesson was that I was a worrier and I needed to stop. I come by it honestly to be sure and the struggles my parents are having with worry have made me take a look at myself and realize to my astonishment that the Lord has been working on me in that area. I'm not worry free, but I have gained some skills, thanks to the Lord, in how to deal with it in a healthy way. You see, I looked at my dad a couple of weeks ago and told him he really needed to stop worrying and he looked straight back at me and said "It's not like a light switch I can turn off". Nobody wants to worry. It's an awful feeling and has been proven to adversely affect our health. I remember feeling that exact same way though. If I could have found the switch I would have turned it off too. So what happened that helped me find the switch? We'll get to that, but first...you should listen to the song that inspired me when I was young...and still does.
I worry *snort, snort* worry *snort, snort* all my time away.... ah, memories. Now on to business.
Because worry is a common problem, it is important to address it as a minion for many reasons. Worry can rob us of the stamina necessary for ministry work because it's exhausting and there is too much to be done to waste it worrying. It's crippling and imprisoning. It steals our creativity and our joy. But how do you stop doing it?
My Bible Study group knew we wanted to study HOW to take our thoughts captive. We know the Bible says to do it but HOW? So we started to look for material that would help us practice and learn how to ...