Athlete, Know The Antidote

Throughout the years there have been many teachers that have lead Christians astray by claiming simple antidotes and formulas that would help people live the life that they want. "If you simply do this, then God will for sure give you that." Unfortunately, many people fall into these traps because we desperately want there to be easy fixes to our troubles.

Unfortunately, there are not many formulas in the Christian life, but in Philippians 4 Paul does give the Christian some hope when dealing with anxiousness.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6,7

This is a very popular verse and one that is often quoted when someone is dealing with a difficult decision or situation. What Paul is saying here is that peace is the ultimate antidote to anxiety and worry. You and I are prone to worry, we are actually really good at worrying. But the "Gospel of Peace" gives us an answer to the anxiety we tend to experience. And the antidote is found in a specific way of praying.

The scripture tells us to pray if we are anxious, but we are also commanded to pray in thanksgiving. When we are thankful, we are recalling all God has done in the past and somehow that reminder is able to calm our hearts and usher in the "peace that surpasses understanding". It is impossible to be thankful and anxious at the exact same time.

So today, no matter what you are going through may you think back to all those moments you knew God was there. All those times that God came through for you and may those memories firmly plant you in the grace and love of God that gives you strength to endure and may peace overcome you.

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