My mind seems to automatically jump to worst-case scenarios. I’m a worrier. Worry makes me sleepless and short-tempered, not a good recipe for godliness. God has called us to be warriors not worriers, but how do I get there?
God tells us to throw our cares in His lap and let Him deal with the turmoil. What a relief when I do that. Unfortunately, I tend to drag those things back to myself and gnaw on them awhile, then give them back to Him again. Yes, I play tug-o-war with God.
So, laying down our own worries is sort of the prep work for responding rightly to other people. If I am resting in the knowledge that God has my back, I can let go of my need to “defend my honor.” It isn’t about me. Have you noticed how nasty things are on social media? For example, the person on facebook who not only doesn’t like your latest furniture arrangement, but proceeds to tell you how hideous the rug is. Or you share a life-changing experience and someone picks it apart.
I’ve been blessed with kind readers (thank you!) and haven’t had to deal much with that personally, but many of my friends have been hurt by hateful remarks. Bloggers seem to be especially vulnerable to attack on social media. There is a difference between respectful differences of opinion and downright meanness.
So, how should we respond? We can pray for discernment to know when to ignore, when to respond (firmly but kindly), and when to block an abusive person.
When we rememeber that our struggle isn’t really against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of the air, it becomes a little easier to not take those things personally. The rest of that Scripture tells us how to prepare ourselves so that we can respond rightly- by putting on the full armor of God, Ephesians 6:10- 18.
Feel free to print this out and place somewhere as a reminder:
Those verses had always seemed kind of figurative and not really practical to me. Then one day, I realized that each part of the armor of God points to Jesus. Wow, that changed the way I looked at those verses. I won’t go into great detail here, but I encourage you to study these further:
Belt of truth: Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, John 14:6.
Breastplate of righteousness: We have an advocate, Jesus the righteous, 1 John 2:1.
Feet shod with gospel of peace: The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:7.
Shield of faith: You are sons of God through faith in Jesus, Galatians 3:26.
Helmet of salvation: There is salvation in no one else, Acts 4:12.
Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, Hebrews 4:12. The Word became flesh, John 1:14.
Sooo, if we put on the armor/ put on Jesus, we can walk in the way He has called us to walk- respond in love, turn the other cheek, even pray for our enemies. We can speak the Truth in love. We can stop being paralyzed and ineffective with worry about tomorrow, or what people think, or if we could have done better. We can stand against the enemy with confidence. Can we really do all that?! With the Holy Spirit’s help, I suspect that yes, we can become warriors, not worriers. 😉
I joined a challenge to be the light amidst the growing ugliness in social media. Be sure to visit these other lovely ladies for more insight and free resources for how to be the light. Won’t you join our #bethelightchallenge? We would love for you to join our facebook group and share how you are uplifting and encouraging your circle of influence.
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Are you a worrier? What do you do to end the what-ifs?