“Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.” (Proverbs 12: 25, the Passion Translation)
We can be givers and receivers of this life-giving word. We can surely find compassion for others in their times of need. But fueling another’s anxieties with further fear and doubts and negativity, is neither helpful nor healing.
Likewise, when we are feeling anxiety and the depression that can result, we can seek out encouragement rather than succumb to that downward pull. The uplifting, supportive word of Life is truly ours to accept, straight from God. We can find our joy again and give joy to others as we listen for God—Who is Life—telling us what is really possible, true, right, real.
It can feel natural and almost expected to live a life of ups and downs, with worry running the show. We may feel there is always another threat to our well-being. But often the greatest threat is the fear itself, a state of thought that closes us off to the good available, the answers at hand, the peace of God that is ready to hold us close.
Let’s be willing to let go of the familiar anxious thinking and receive the life-giving word that reveals our hope and restores our natural and generous joy.
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Reminds me of Roosevelt’s famous quote: have nothing to fear except fear itself.’ Those words – and the sentiment they convey – are inextricably bound up with Franklin D. Roosevelt.
love it. !!!!!!! Pat
Yes, indeed! Thanks, Pat!