I was on the phone tonight with a new outdoor industry friend from the East Coast when he made a reference to a phrase he had heard his grandpa use from time to time. His grandpa said something along the lines of, “I’m going to lose my mind or lose my religion”. You may have never said those exact words, but I would imagine you have at least thought them. Believe me, I have… Being an old Country Boy from the South, that is a saying that goes back hundreds of years. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my mom or grandmother, or extend family member say those words in frustration.
It typically means that your are at the end of your rope, you’re running out of hope, you’re running out of patience, you might even be losing restraint, and/or you have a tendency of becoming increasingly angry. And for the most part I’d say it comes from those who have some type of religious upbringing.
Let’s think about that for a moment. When you find yourself in a place where you’re at the end of your rope, running out of hope, running out of patience, losing restraint and becoming angry… you need a safe place to share and be heard.
Where do you think those feelings come from and where have you seen them before? You know where I see them…in myself and in those I provide Life Coaching. It usually raises it’s head when you are running mock 6 with your hair on fire, stressed out, not eating healthy, not sleeping, working extremely long hours, shooting video hunts for days on end, traveling to monthly trade shows, fulfilling your sponsor obligations, meeting program & article deadlines, and when your under financial stress. This is when “worry” begins to seep into your thought life. And I would submit that it is worry that leads to the statement, “I’m going to lose my mind or lose my religion”.
Read the following verses from the book of Matthew, chapter 6. These are Jesus’ words from a famous speech Jesus gave which became known as, “The Sermon on the Mount”.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Speaking freely… if you are as I described earlier, “running mock 6 with your hair on fire”… SLOW DOWN. One of two things will happen… You’ll get there dead OR you’ll get there dead, faster. Either way…you’re dead. You have too much to offer those around you to lose what God has intended for good.
As for worry… I would encourage you to consider the teachings of Jesus. You can not add a single hour to your life by doing more. More isn’t better…. Better is better! I’d also ask you to consider Jesus’ words when he says, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I think there is something to be said for putting God first in your life and focusing on the care of those around you. Too much of you… might just be too much.
One last request. Consider writing this verse on a post-it note and putting it somewhere that you’ll see on a frequent basis.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
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