Some thrill seekers are drawn to the unknown like a moth to a flame.
For the rest of us, THE UNKNOWN CAN FREAK US OUT.
It’s part of our psyche, especially for guys, to see the world as structured by formulas.
Do this and that will happen.
Try that and this will be the result.
But formulas only work every time when it comes to chemical compounds and taxes. Or something like that.
People are inherently unpredictable. We are fickle, needy, and uncertain. We break the mold, frustrate each other, and out of nowhere think of ways to help each other out.
That’s why when you’re struggling mentally, you need a counselor, not a mathematician.
And when it comes to anything unstable or erratic, our brains tend to fill in the gaps with the worst possible scenario.
If I don’t know where my child ran off to, she’s definitely in immediate danger.
If my pastor steps down from his position, the guy who’s going to replace him can never be as good.
Whatever the reason we do this, it is completely unfounded and unnecessary. We become instantly superstitious of something that hasn’t even happened yet. And treating it as though it is imminent, certain, or truth can dangerously warp our perception of the world we live in and the God who is in control of it all.
When we invite this fear into our lives, we are trading away the hope and peace that Christ intended our lives to be filled with.
The great news is that this trade-in offer doesn’t have a “must return” date. If you know that you’re being run by a feeling that isn’t even real, hand it over. Get it out. Take on something much better.
God didn't create you to always be looking over your shoulder anticipating the worst.
He created you to trust Him.
And through that trust, He begins to show you better ways to prepare for and engage in the trials and joys that come your way each day.
And that's way better in my book.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14:27