It doesn’t take long when you turn on the news or log-on to social media to be taken aback by fear and sadness. The realities of our world are heartbreaking around every turn, in every state and neighborhood.
As a young mom, wife, and daughter, it’s easy to see these things and be both paralyzed and have a desire to control anything I possibly can. But with those feelings comes more fear and more anxiety, and the reality is we can only control so much.
Lately, I can’t be in any setting with a group of people and not have it occur to me that I, or my children, may be in danger. And I have to imagine I’m not the only person in that room wondering the same thing.
This is a relatively new experience for me. I’ve found myself in the last year becoming increasingly aware, anxious and just downright scared.
But here is the thing. Living in fear is no way to live. We have to find a way to balance understanding the realities of the things people and our country are facing, while doing what we can to address these issues and help prevent further, yet still being wise about what we expose ourselves to and then making a choice to not let all of these factors control our lives.
I’m sharing and writing this because I’ve been struggling so deeply with this, and I hope it will encourage someone else. Please know, this is not at all a political statement or stance – just a girl, mom and wife who has found herself paralyzed by fear, which does nothing to help the situation and negatively impacts my family, and my walk with God.
When I was praying about this recently, I was reminded of these two bible verses that have honestly changed everything.
Set your minds of things above. – Colossians 3:2
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
Basically what I’m saying here is don’t cover your eyes and block out the sound when the news comes on. It’s so important to be educated, aware and involved with our community and world. But don’t allow this information to control your life. Take action, and then fix your gaze on things above.
Whether you believe Jesus is your savior or not, getting your mind right, focusing on the good, the beautiful and the lovely will always help your attitude and mindset.
So that’s my encouragement for you today. This next week, work to retrain your mind to fix your gaze on things above. I’ll be working on doing the same!