Those of us with an active or vivid imagination will excel in the area worry! But, even if we are extremely good at worrying, we can’t “add a single hour to [our lives]” Mathew 6:27. Worry is a deceptive pursuit. It appears to produce results, but worry or panic actually puts us at more risk!
For example, a good swimmer needing assistance in the water can endanger the life of the rescuer while in a state of panic. The Red Cross advises lifeguards to extend a float or pole to people who are drowning and to enter the water only as a last resort. The rescuer and the swimmer are reminded to remain calm in order to improve thinking and reaction time!
Differentiating fret from forethought is critical! Decision-makers must conduct business based on current information and the anticipation of the future, but:
- A flurry of activity is different from following a well-conceived action plan.
- Incessant ‘what if-ing’ is different from reforecasting and making reasonable adjustments.
- Anxious thought is different from curiosity about the future.
- Irresponsibility is different from resting in the “peace of God, which transcends all understanding” Philippians 4:7.
Some people view worry as an action item! Worry has become so commonplace in today’s fast-paced world; it is often confused with ‘taking responsibility’ or ‘ownership’ for a situation. But, in fact, worry only provides the illusion of action.
“Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Mathew 6:32-33
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She founded Synergy Groups, virtual masterminds connecting Christians in leadership around the globe for the purpose of Community, Accountability, and Transformation. She also partners with high-performers and heirs-apparent especially in the STEM industries. Michelle’s formal background in technology, franchise, and project management gives her an edge on implementing best practices and scaling towards sustainable success. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.