Breaking Free: Turning Anxiety into a Source of Faith
Anxiety, worry, and stress are common themes in the life of today’s business owner. With a wide assortment of life changes and business challenges, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the “what ifs,” allowing negative thoughts to control your days.
What if our responses to the problems are actually the problems? A wise man once said, “Life’s problems and circumstances don’t make me who I am, they reveal who I am.” For Christians, anxiety erodes our strength and drains our faith, keeping us from trusting the Lord. If we are to grow in our relationship with Jesus, we must trust in the Lord, and in His ultimate plan for us.
When issues out of our immediate control occur, consider gradually giving more and more of yourself to the Lord and depending on Him for help, comfort, and answers. In God’s sovereignty, the problems of living in this fallen world are intended to point us to Christ as we yearn for the greater truth, relationship, and eternity we were created to enjoy. The sooner we can see this, the sooner we’re able to live fruitfully.
Faith as Your Shield
For the battle-weary business owner or CEO, consider God’s Word for refreshment and perspective:
- “In this world you will have trouble” (Jn 16:33b). The truth is there’s nothing that we can do to avoid problems. They’re an integral part of this life.
- “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Ro 8:28). Remember, we are called to do His work. Our problems are just a subset of “all things.”
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (NKJV). Avoiding anxiety is a direct commandment from God.
- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Mt 6:34). To worry about tomorrow’s problems is to take for granted today’s blessings.
- “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Php 4:12b-13). Christ is the true source of strength — resting in Him provides peace and contentment regardless of our circumstances.
Casting Your Fears Away
Fears and idols can rob your impact as a servant leader. So what fears are you serving every day? What could be separating you from His love and strength? Whether it is a financial burden, family crisis, career stress, or health concern, peer support is one of the most effective ways to remain resilient throughout trials and anxieties that come with running a business. See how building a stable business can begin to remove some of the pressure of everyday life and how C12 can partner with you.