Friday, November 11, 2005

Being anxious

Erwin's podcast on "Extraordinary Excellence" really nailed something for me this morning.

It was just a small segment of the message... He said that we become anxious when we:
1) Try to control things that are not our business to control
2) Neglect to take action on things that are our business to control

Where am I currently anxious? In exactly those two ways...
I'm thinking too much on church issues that I'm not in a position to control.
I'm thinking too little about areas I am meant to control... like personal finances, health, discipline of kids, etc.

I need to break these patterns. Maybe I should do a mental exercise for a while... every time I find myself putting energy and thought power behind something I can't control I'll consciously shift my thinking over to spend 10 or 15 minutes working on something I can and should control.

Do you resonate with what Erwin is saying?
Are you anxious because there are things you are trying to control and shouldn't?
Are you anxious because there are things you should be working on but aren't?

6 comments:

Deana said...

Is this on the podcast?

Allen Arnn said...

It was just a tiny part that caught my ear... around minute 25:00 of the podcast.

steve watson said...

I need to listen to this podcast. Interesting thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I think this is EXACTLY where we are...
Good thinking...
Now...HOW do we DO it???

Anonymous said...

that comment above was from your WIFE...who doesn't remember her blogger password...
:-)

faithrunner said...

These are some of the hardest lessons to learn, but they are also the most freeing we will ever know...thanks for sharing your journey with us.