Yesterday, I shared with you Pastor Max Lucado’s op-ed in this post. Pastor Lucado’s op-ed opened by saying “Anxiety is an out of control thought pattern. It settles over the mind like a severe weather system, spewing thunderclouds and casting lightning bolts. Life feels like an airplane in a tailspin. It feeds on what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. What if the coronavirus is unstoppable. What if a pandemic takes over? I’ll be quarantined for weeks! The economy is sliding into a bear market. I’ll lose my health. I’ll lose my job. I’ll lose it all. How will I survive on unemployment?

Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for panicked lives. As we learned from Pastor Lucado and especially from Brandon and Cameron Brundidge, we can opt for a better, healthier response. It’s the official response of Discovery Church, my church home. In this video, Paul Brenhaug and Pastor Art talk about how the church will adapt to President Trump’s ’15 days declaration’:

Early in the video, Paul explained how he was entering his home but decided to stop and pray for each of his neighbors. Taking that moment helped Paul pause for a moment, which doesn’t seem like a big deal initially. The first question that people might ask is this: how will pausing benefit me? The answer is simple, yet powerful. Pausing gives people the opportunity to regain perspective.

With the world seemingly spiraling out-of-control, wouldn’t a little perspective help? Imagine how much it might help if you added a simple prayer to that perspective-giving pause. It doesn’t have to be long to be effective. Try this the next time you pause for perspective and prayer: Heavenly Father, the world seems like it’s spinning out-of-control for me, my friends and my family. You are the God who gives peace and perspective. Lord, I pray that You give me, my family and my friends an additional helping of Your peace. Thank You, Lord. I pray these things in Jesus precious name. Amen.

How long did that take? Less than a minute, right? How much will it help unclutter your mind and relieve your stress? That’s up to you. It matters whether:

  1. you’re willing to take the time to pray;
  2. you’re willing to trust God;
  3. you’re willing to trust God’s solutions rather than trusting your own solutions.

It’s natural to get nervous. It’s virtuous to pause, pray and gain perspective. That’s the fastest path to sanity during these anxiety-riddled times.

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