STOP OBSESSIVE THINKING: Fitness for The #Soul

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  
Quite often I tend to lean towards worry. Why?
I’m so exhausted because there’s always so much going on and I feel completely overwhelmed by everything. Everything that needs to be done, everything that I want to do, and then everything that’s actually going on.  I’m basically prone to get stuck in my own pit of despair and worry!
Does anyone see any logic in that scenario?
Of course not! There’s no logic in that! …it’s like saying my head hurts- ummm, because I’ve been banging it on the wall all day. I need to stop banging my head on the wall,I guess. Duh!
Unfortunately that is not the way that the human brain is wired.
There are a few steps that I learned today- basically a different way of looking at how to get rid of worry.
If you are a major worrier like I am, then it may be very helpful for you to look at the issue from several different stances (biblical, of course.)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

I have to confess that right now I am going through a season of conviction in my life.
Not necessarily conviction in the sense that I have been neccesarily sinning left and right, however, I am more so describing the season of worry that I am in…Oh, wait! Worry is actually a sin…So it is a true season of conviction over here!
There you have it! I just modeled one of the first steps towards getting rid this obsessive worrying  problem: confessing and repenting of the sin I am committing, which is worry. (Yes, I have a lot if others, however, that’s a lot of repenting and it totally steers us off topic.)
I was listening to a podcast and the man that was leading the podcast said something very awesome-
He said to “invite the presence of the Holy Spirit.”
Once you ask God to take over your life, asking Him into your heart and you become a Christian, one of the beautiful gifts you receive **immediately** is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The next step in your “worry-free” routine: STOP.
Haha! Seriously. Simple. Just STOP. Hand (or lug) it to God! Holding onto worry is just about as smart as when you’re trying to lift something up and you’ve got this really strong guy next to you.  Instead of asking him for help, you just try really hard to pick it up yourself.  You are never truly able to pick it up.  You may roll it a little bit, like maybe a few inches or so, but you never get to pick it up.  The whole time, you have this big strong guy standing there watching you struggle.
He doesn’t want to force you to use his muscles, however, he is there waiting just incase you do decide to use his muscles.
In the meantime, you are growing weary.  As described in the podcast that I was listening to, this is where the “rubber meets the road.”
This is the place where you stop and you tell yourself that you were not going to think. About. It. (Whatever it was, you’re not sure at this point because you’re NOT thinking about it anymore.) Because that is what you do in this step. You stop. Period.
Once you stop thinking about it, your faith has a chance to step into action and you can hand that big giant load over to the big strong man- who is waiting there to take it from you. His name is God.
So now the focus is not on the worry anymore! Yay! But now you need to find something to focus on that’s not a worrisome focus.
What are you going to focus on?
This is where fitness of your soul takes flight. It takes practice and you have to practice it over and over and over again.  It’s like going to the gym; you can’t just go once a week- or once a month- and expect to see results.
If someone were to walk into the gym once a week and do one repetition on each muscle group, do you really think that they’d get strong from doing that?
No, of course not. Unless they are superhuman- or just completely genetically blessed with big muscles without the work. Not!
Let us not forget that a truly awesome workout usually results in pain- especially if you have not done it in a long time.
For me, and from what I see with a lot of other people, a spiritual workout is just like a physical work out. The more consistent you are the less pain you’re going to experience.
This does not mean that you’re not growing- it’s just that different people experience different results and my personal experience is that you still get the pain as you’re trying to work out your spiritual issues with God.
Consistency is key and it’s not nearly as painful, hence, you end up with a much lighter load.
Praise God for giving us Hope; For giving us His Son so that we can have The Holy Spirit to guide us; For carrying and helping us through the soul-crushing workouts!
…Still wondering what to think about? Try this verse:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Humbly,
Greta
If you’re interested in the podcast mentioned, please let me know and I can track it down for you.

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  1. Chatterbox Chick June 18, 2015 — 2:24 PM

    oh anxiety and worry, I try so hard not too. Another fabulous well written, thought provoking, inspirational blog, keep blogging~

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  2. Thank you for including me in your list! The glory is all God’s, and I thank you!

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