I am not naturally a positive person. I am a glass half empty kind of person. My mind immediately goes to worst case scenarios and to the million “what if” scenarios. Sometimes I get so anxious that I literally make myself sick. I have struggled with stomach issues since I was in high school and I am almost positive the root cause is anxiety. Even as I type this, I find my mind drifting and thinking about work and my stomach naturally starts to tighten as I think about all the things I have to do. I can’t help it…or can I?
Yesterday, at church, I heard a sermon from a guest preacher, Warren King, that convicted me. His thoughts were exactly what I needed to hear, and now I am sharing them with you. The sermon was about being positive in a negative world. You see, it’s easy to look at the world around us and be negative. How can you possibly read and watch videos about mass shootings, suicide, cheating, etc. and think positive thoughts? It’s NOT easy to look at the world around us and remain positive...unless we have what it called eternal perspective. Every situation I can think of that has ever caused me anxiety or stress, eventually ended. When I look back, the situations that I thought would never end, were actually very brief when compared to the rest of my life.
When an elderly person reflects and speaks about their life, they always mention how quick it went by. They will not tell you, “Wow, I lived such an incredibly long life. I feel like I have been alive forever!” The truth is our time here on Earth is very short. So why spend what little time we have worrying about things that will shortly come to pass? Why worry about things of which in the grand scheme of things, don’t matter? Why worry about things that God says he will take care of (Matthew 26:26-27)? Instead, focus on things that are eternal. Focus on God and his plan for you. Focus on the fact that Jesus died for YOU so that you might have a hope of heaven. Focus on telling others about salvation. Focus on getting to Heaven and bringing as many people as you can with you.
Moving forward, I will make an effort to focus on things that are eternal. I will make an effort to replace my anxieties with joy. God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to rejoice always. If God commands it, then it is possible. With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). With God, it is possible to live in a negative world and rejoice. Will you choose to be anxious, or rejoice?