Take heart when life has you panicked

IMG_2045Panicked. That feeling of being trapped, weighed down.

Thoughts run through my mind. What am I going to do? How did I get in this place? Who will I turn to? Where do I go next?

Almost unknowingly, our panicked thoughts can easily lead us down the wrong path. A windy one, but certainly not uncharted. We’ve been here before, and it’s certainly not our first choice. Yet, we’re here again.

The good news is that there’s always a way out — we just need to keep focused on the right things, keep life in perspective and build upon the truth.

As Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church says, in times like this when we feel the heat of discouragement and the undertow of despair, we can either pray or panic. Worship or worry. Basically it comes down to choosing our own destiny. It’s our choice.

Easy? Not always.

Case in point: I have an incredible challenge before me right now. By choice, I’m in-between jobs, maybe even trying to decide whether or not to change fields, or focus on just a slice of what I’ve been doing for a career. This is hard stuff. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Everyday I’m faced with this dilemma: Do I panic about this indecision, this fork in the road? Do I sit here and contemplate how nice it would be to have crystal ball and know exactly where I’ll end up? Do I worry about upcoming expenses and ponder how to pay for them?

Or, do I dig deep.

This can be the harder choice — to get out of the pit. To refuse to have a troubled heart and not to worry about the future.

But it’s definitely the better choice in the end.

(James 1)

This post is written in response to today’s Daily Challenge: Panicked

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