A Meteor Shower of What-Ifs!
By Chaplain Doug Samples
After twelve months of talking about our fears, I was ready to move on to something more positive.
But as I listen to us,
it seems like we are continuing to live
under a fog (or smog) of anxiety.
So, I think we need to explore how our fears
are connected to our anxieties
We concluded last month by suggesting
that one of the best ways
to break the power of fear in our lives
is by naming our fears.
But what is the difference between anxiety and fear?
The truth is that anxiety can cause fear
and fear can cause anxiety.
But even though they are closely related,
if we can stop and think about these two emotions,
we might be able to determine
which of them we are dealing with.
Fear is an intense response to an immediate danger
while anxiety is more of an emotion regarding things
that might happen in the future.
For instance, If you are walking down a dark street
and someone points a gun in your face and says,
“This is a robbery”…
that’s a real fear!!!
But if you are walking down the street
on a beautiful night
with nothing but a family
and their dog in front of you
but you are paralyzed
by the possibility of a robbery…
This comparison might be helpful:
|Here in the present||Out in the future|
|Real danger||Perceived danger|
|This is a robbery!||What if there is a robbery?|
In his 2017 book Anxious For Nothing,
Max Lucado suggests that
“Anxiety is like a meteor shower of what-ifs!”
We are going to use Max’s book
to guide our conversations here
over the next few months.
I would encourage you to order his book.
I think it could be helpful.
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