Calming down

There’s a lot of worrying going on. I get it. People are hearing daily updates about the COVID-19 global pandemic, and many of them not good. Plus, we have a tendency to go over worst-case-scenarios in our heads over and over again.

That’s why it’s important to relax. To calm down.

Panic is a breeding ground for knee-jerk reactions, not thoughtful and faithful decisions, about how to live.

There’s a story about some people who brought a woman who was caught in adultery to Jesus. They wanted to stone her because that’s what the law of Moses allowed. They wanted to know what Jesus thought about it.

Jesus didn’t respond right away. “Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger” (John 8:6). What in the world was he doing? One of my seminary professors had a theory: Jesus was taking time to think before he responded. He was taking a moment to compose himself. Only then do we hear his famous words: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (verse 7).

The text doesn’t actually tell us why Jesus did what he did. But pausing to think before we react is great counsel for all of us.

Related to this, I’ve put a list of 20 practical tips together for how to relax and calm our minds in the midst of these difficult times. What about not checking your phone for an hour before bed? Or what about journaling, or going for a walk, or playing a board game, or turning off the news and surfing over to that channel with the live fire place!

[There’s a link below to the whole list.]

There’s a lot of worrying going on. A lot of stress. That’s why being intentional about relaxing your mind is so important.

Panic is a breeding ground for knee-jerk reactions, not thoughtful and faithful decisions, about how to live.

“Calm down” is something we usually say to someone else. But sometimes you also need to say it to yourself.

By Matthew Ruttan

–“How to calm and relax your mind.” Click here to read the post I mentioned in today’s devotional.

–“Your weapons in the war against fear.” That’s my most recent sermon. Because do you know what? It is a war. And a war is fought with weapons. Click here to access YouTube or audio-only download options.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
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