In his book, Anxious For Nothing, Max Lucado provides a pathway that can lead to some freedom from worry. It uses the power of God’s Word to counter a moment of anxiety. And I feel strongly led to say that this way of approaching anxiety isn’t a, “Just read your Bible!” response to very real challenges. You may find the need to seek additional help, maybe through a doctor or a counselor, to coach you and encourage you. And that’s perfectly fine. See this as one of many tools God is offering.
Using the loving instructions from the Apostle Paul in a letter to some early followers of Jesus in Philippi, Lucado offers the acronym CALM. The C stands for Celebrate God’s goodness. Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NLT). Being anxious is to be human. Our imperfect bodies and minds functioning in an imperfect, fallen, and broken world means there will always be something that can trigger fear, worry, and anxiety. Having these moments does not indicate a lack of faith in the least. By shifting focus in the moment from that which is burdensome to the One who wants to carry that burden, might be a great place to start.
My experience is most things I worry about never actually live up to the level of energy I spend worrying about them! Truthfully, there are things I worry about based on things that have happened in the past, and things I worry about that haven’t happened at all. But I’ve learned that any given moment of anxiousness is temporary. As today’s verse in 1 Chronicles reminds us, nothing lasts forever except for God’s love.
To be anxious is to be human. Take a moment and consider the truth that God understands our limitations. Celebrate His goodness by thanking Him for His kindness and mercy.