Okay. So many different meanings are attached to that word. I say it a million times a day and mean something different each time.
Say it with a big smile and some enthusiasm and it means great. Say it with a deflated voice and downcast eyes and it means pitiful. Say it with confidence when you don’t want to offend somebody and it instantly takes on a double meaning.
It’s become a standard word that I use during this crisis. I’m doing okay is what I tell myself each day. I can tailor my mannerisms to communicate just the spot on the okay scale that I’m currently residing.
It’s become a standard word that all my family and loved ones use when talking about the future. It’ll be okay. I know they’re saying that I’ll get through this day and there will be more days and one day this will all be behind me. Okay.
It’s become a catch-phrase that I’ve hung my well-being on because I felt like God told me I would be okay. But sometime last week I realized okay had lost its spirited meaning and was actually doing more damage than good to my fragile heart. You see, I don’t want to be okay. I want to be great.
When I first started telling myself everything would be okay, I genuinely felt like things would be good. I could feel hope in those words. But somehow over the last few weeks and months, God’s promises became unattached to them.
My mind became filled with worry, anxiety and frustration and my heart soaked in fear and doubt. I decided I needed to change the thoughts I was thinking. So now instead of telling myself that it’s going to be okay, I choose to say, “Lord, I will trust You.”
I know you’re situation is different than mine but I’m sure you struggle with worry, fear and doubt from time to time too. Here are some of my favorite ways to combat anxiety and uncertainty. Maybe they’ll help you choose to trust Him too.
1.Take every thought captive. We have power over the thoughts we think.
“We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” 2 Corinthians 10:5-6
2. Pray about everything. God cares about the details of our lives and by praying we are admitting things we cannot control or change but God can.
“Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7
3. Remember God’s promises. Our own reasoning is faulty but God’s promises are perfect.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Now it's your turn. What are some ways you cope with a worry-filled heart? What are your favorite trust-promises?