Max Lucado’s Anxious For Nothing gives a framework for dealing with anxiety. The perspective he offers is as profound today as ever, even though the book was written just prior to the pandemic! Lucado gives us the acronym CALM as a guide. C stands for Celebrate God’s goodness. A is Ask God for help. L is Leave your concerns with Him. And M is Meditate on good things.
Part of what fuels worry and anxiety is our preoccupation with time. We’re never in the now. We’re always on to the next thing. I recently invited Southland’s Nicholasville Campus ministry team to join me for a morning out of the office for what I called a time of soul care. We gathered on a cool October morning on the screened back porch of a house on five acres. The setting was calm and quiet. We spent some time talking about the need to focus on our inner lives. Our ministry efforts will be limited if our souls are ignored and depleted. We finished the morning with a time of solitude and silence. No talking. No phones. Everyone was asked to go and spend an hour reflecting.
I’ve found that I can better focus on that which is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable in times of isolated quiet. It amazes me how my anxious mind and heart are calmed by experiences like this. Of course, meditation isn’t always possible. But we can choose to think about what is excellent and praiseworthy at any moment.
The invitation this week is to CALM yourself. The Father’s repeated offers to take your worry underscore that this will be an ongoing journey of trust with Him, a daily letting go.
“Father, my prayer for the one reading this is that they would have the courage to trust You. I know You’re entirely ready to trade what they hold for what You offer.”