The Pax: Dipstick, Belding, Swan, Speedwalker, Spam, Paycheck, Iced T, Defect, Mr. Rogers, Thunderbird, Yogi, Johnny 5, Monkey, CDC (QIC)
Conditions: Mid 60s outside, mid 70s inside
Disclaimer: None given, though probably should have been. I am not a pastor. Please pardon my thoughts and opinions, as they may not align with your own. However, let’s have further discourse at another time so that I can finish what I prepared and everyone can get their kids to school and themselves to work. I am not being paid to be here, but signing me up to lead has ensured my presence. You are not being paid to be here, but doughnuts are good, so “why not?”.
Prayer Requests/Opening Prayer
- Does anyone consider themselves a worrier?
- What types of things do you worry about?
- What do you do to manage your worry? Secular vs Religious?
*Fortunately, only Mr. Rogers and myself consider ourselves worriers.
Here’s where I gave you a little background on my history of being a worrier (i.e…after watching The Terry Fox Story, I thought every ache and pain was cancer). I was told not to worry so much…”a tree could fall on you when you walk outside, but you can’t worry about that”. WHAT?!!! Now I have to worry about trees falling on me?! My 1st grade self had never even considered that was a possibility! Fast forward to the peek of my anxiety as the stressors of med school/residency/fellowship/adult-ing/parental death/becoming a father/etc…mounted. Then…a very strange thing happened…an earthquake, with me on the 12th floor of an old research building. Cue perpetual anxiety…worry that I was dying from some horrible disease du jour (CVD, MS, Parkinson’s, and my favorite, ALS), trembling of extremities, unable to eat, you name it. What’s helped? Exercise, family, friends, my faith, science…
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phillipians 4: 6-7
Be anxious about nothing?! Sometimes when things are unbearable, that can feel like a slap in the face. (Sometimes you might need it…but still….)
- Why are we so prone to anxiety?
- Unique generation
- Faster world
- News everywhere, lots of bad news (doesn’t even have to be “fake”)
- Secularism: Sucks the peace out of people because we don’t have means of coping with fear and anxiety
- The passage doesn’t mean “never feel anxiety”, it means “do not allow yourself to be perpetuallyanxious,” don’t allow yourself to slip into a mindset of perpetual anxiety.
- Max Lucado: Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
- C: Celebrating God
- A: Asking God for help
- L: Leaving the problem with Him
- M: Meditating on good things
- Is anxiety a sin?
- I took a quick poll and most that answered said yes. “Deep weeds” as Ginger called it later…haha…but I liked Mr. Rogers’ feeling that it probably has a lot to do with perspective. Since this is my rodeo, at least for today, and for the sake of time, we moved on. Based on Lucado’s book…and my personal opinion, I carried on with the thought that anxiety isn’t sin.
- Not in and of itself. Anxiety is an emotion, like sadness, guilt, joy. However, it can lead to sin: binge-drinking, binge-shopping, withdrawal from family, becoming bitter, lashing out at others, revenge. So, how people deal with anxiety can be sinful.
- Deep Thoughts by a Ginger: “I think fear and anxiety are natural responses to stimuli that it is our responsibility to bring to the Lord. My interaction with folks who have anxiety attacks, etc…is that they come on unexpectedly and usually the person having them is unaware of why they come on at first and what they are. It would be hard for me to call that sin and inadvertently heap condemnation on top of someone already struggling with heavy anxiety. “ Pretty good words from someone without a soul.
- What role does prayer play in alleviating anxiety?
- Let’s look back at Phillipians 4:6. Two choices: Anxiety or Prayer. Just Say No to anxiety. Be quick to pray. Be specific.
- How about some more scripture?
- 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:6
- So…after: 1)We rejoice in the Lord, We acknowledge that he’s in control. 2) We ask him for help. 3) We leave our problem with him. What do we do with the extra brain cells? Fill them with good things: Worship, scripture, manage our thoughts.
COT: Only 9 minutes over
Thanks for allowing me to lead you today brothers! F3 is a big reason why I am not in a state of perpetual anxiety. It still comes…but having one more tool to combat it makes a difference. Hopefully, no one was too offended in my attempt to keep things moving today. With ~14 PAX….there’s not a whole lot of time allotment for everyone. ; ) See you soon…for something that I’m a little better at doing: making you do bear crawls, burpees, and boxcutters…SYITG!!!
- Sign up to Q for 1st and 3rd (https://f3florence.org/) Go to the Menu and click on Q Calendar. Type your name in an open area next to a workout date.
- Prayers for all the teachers and students back in school this week.
- Speedwalker has a job! Praise God!
- Prayers for a smooth house transition for Spam and his family.
- Prayers for Iced T’s family in the loss of his Aunt.
- Prayers for Dipstick in transitioning to a new church (also for his foot).
- Prayers for Belding and his wife for a tricky relationship navigation relating to an upcoming wedding.