Today I want to discuss with you one of the issues that perpetuates anxiety and that is not living in the here and now. The reality is we only have the here and now. We don’t have yesterday. Yesterday is gone and we don’t have tomorrow. It’s not here yet. All we have is now, today, this moment. We don’t even have 4 hours from now.
What does this all mean? We need to live in the present. We need to stop the “mental gymnastics” of what was, what could be or what should have been. That is such wasted energy and all it does is have us live in either a realm of anxiety or regret. That’s not to say we shouldn’t look at the past and learn from it. But spend only that time getting revelation of what went wrong and what could have been done differently. Then take that revelation, file it away and move on. Living in what you should have done and rehearsing it over and over is not the best use of your emotions and energy. I know it’s easy for me to say this. It will virtually take a paradigm shift in how you think and what you let ruminate in your mind.
What can you do when those thoughts come into your mind and don’t want to go?
Well one of the things is to quote something different. For me I love Scripture. So I would speak out something like this, “You will guard me and keep me in perfect peace and constant because my mind [both it’s inclination and its character] is stayed on You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26.3 Amplified.
Another thing you can do is write down your issue on a piece of paper. Then let it go by tearing up the piece of paper and letting it go.
Or how about writing it down as a prayer asking the Lord to answer, heal or resolve your issue. Fold it up and put it in a Prayer Box or Prayer Jar. At the end of the year, pull out the papers and see how your prayers have been answered.
Lastly, you could write the concern/situation down and walk through the steps of resolving it. Look at each step as a journey. You don’t need to have the end result figured out at this moment. All you need is the next step.
So release those thoughts. Don’t hold onto them and let them ruminate in your mind. Think on good things and leave the rest to God.
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