That was what I told Chaplain Wil Gardner when he offered me a job as a chaplain at Simmons back in 2010. I tried to talk him out of hiring me. I asked him if I could come back in 30 years when I had enough life experience to do and know everything that this job requires of you.
He said what eventually made me commit to Simmons, “Nick, I don’t want to hire you based on what you know. I want to hire you because of how you learn.” That’s what I needed to hear. I just turned 30 yesterday. I thought alot about how much I have been able to learn and how God has really transformed me through books I've read, personal experience I've gone through, and the chance to walk alongside people through some of their most difficult and challenging moments. God has been gracious and the growth has been significant.
A wise person once said that the human body is made up of 80% water, so we are basically just cucumbers with anxiety. (That’s funny right there. If you can’t laugh at that, this blog is for you.) Everywhere I go, it seems that people are stressed out and anxious about everything. The worst is when I’m by myself looking in the mirror...that guy drives me nuts! I find myself stressed out and anxious about things all the time.
When I read our company emails about new hires, transfers, or those receiving promotions, the one thing I enjoy reading about each person is, not so much about their job or their qualifications, but what they enjoy doing apart from their work.
Many persons turn to religion or spirituality for comfort when stressed…they use their Higher Power. Spirituality and Religion are many times used to cope with common problems in life, especially those involving medical or psychiatric illnesses, as well as the challenges that all of us face when life happens.
I’m guessing that most of us know that worry is not good for our health, takes up time and energy that could be better used for something else, and is just in general the overall “bad guy” in our minds. So, how do we “stop it?”
There are circumstances that will often come along that can steal our joy if we let them. When we allow the negative things to crush our spirit, it takes away our positive attitude. When our day doesn’t go as planned because of circumstances that happen we had not counted on, we can become disappointed or even frustrated.
It is most often the psychological stress that makes us less productive than we would like to be, and causes us to do things we really never intended to do. Notice the following “stress busters.” They work.
Some people seem to drift through life headed in no specific direction. They are clearly without defined objectives, and it is not surprising that many adopt a lifestyle that lacks meaning and purpose. They just drift through life like a tumble weed being blown by the wind, first one direction then another.
Some of you have been in this place before or maybe you are there now: Standing at the doorstep of a major decision – one that will bring a dramatic change to your life and your family. It’s possible that you may spend some time praying for the situation, asking God for wisdom and seeking discernment.
People are suffering from a whole range of emotional problems: anxiety, loneliness, grief over broken relationships, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Often they have been struggling with those problems for years. Changes That Heal teaches that there are biblical solutions for your struggles with depression, anxiety, panic, addictions, and guilt, and that these solutions lie in your understanding certain basic developmental tasks.
When things go wrong in life and relationships, and with stunning frequency they do, you will connect with this simple yet highly effective inspirational approach to solving problems no matter what the issue: marriage, finances, bad choices, fear, anxiety, emotional hurt, obsessions, addictions, weight issues, and more. Now What Do I Do? will help you tap into the power of seven key principles that will help you solve everything from crises that explode without warning to chronic issues that have lingered for years. Solving problems isn't instantaneous, but it still can be miraculous!
Fear and anxiety fuel so many in our world today, and can be debilitating in the darkest of days. Yet, Christ calls us to be rooted in faith, standing on His promises and truth to get us through. Fear and faith cannot occupy the same space, so we lift our gaze to Jesus and praise takes over the darkness, bringing light and life as we lift our hands to believe. He is with us, our refuge and strength. Faithful, forever. Even in the darkest night of the soul, there is always a song to sing.
"Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?...Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." | Matthew 6:26,34 (NIV)
"Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." | Psalm 94:17-19 (NIV)
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." | Romans 8:26-28 (NLT)
"Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." | Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
"Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." | Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
"Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." | Dale Carnegie
"If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot." | John Bunyan
"Knowing that God is faithful, it really helps me to not be captivated by worry. But knowing that He will do what He has said, He will cause it to happen, whatever He has promised, and then it causes me to be less involved in worrying about a situation." | Josh McDowell
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." | Corrie Ten Boom
"Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other." | John MacArthur
"I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary." | Charles Spurgeon
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