Ephesians 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
You’re expecting company from out of town. They are driving from out of state to see you. You’re excited to have them arrive, but they are almost an hour late. You worry that they’ve been in a traffic accident, when in truth; they are only late due to road construction.
A family member is having a routine physical exam today, but even though it’s a yearly visit you worry that they might find something life-threatening. Yet, the doctor doesn’t find anything major wrong, just that they have to watch their salt intake.
You receive a call from your office manager asking you to come to his office. You automatically kick your thoughts into high gear believing this could be it, and you’re going to be fired. But in fact, the manager has called you in because you’re in line for a promotion.
Good news – bad news.
That’s how we live our lives. We can always believe the worst in a situation instead of looking for the best. Life is full of serious and possibly worst case scenarios, but for the most part, life is full of the best you could even imagine.
Which do you lean towards? Do you believe that the absolute worst in a situation is going to happen? It’s easy to travel down a slippery slope of thinking nothing good can come out of a situation. But all that worry is taxing on your mind and body. And not only that, people who are around you may begin to shut you down, because they don’t want to be around a person who always thinks the worst of a situation instead of believing the best.
Some people just seem to naturally look at the best in everything while there are others who are constantly catastrophizing every situation. Catastrophizing, if left on its own may spiral out of control and can turn into a mental disorder called cognitive distortion. This condition, if left unchecked, can affect all areas of our lives.
What can we do to help this condition? Medicalnewstoday.com posts the article, “How to Stop Catastrophizing.” The article provides us with the causes, related psychiatric conditions, pain catastrophizing and medical treatments. It also provides steps to manage catastrophic thinking such as recognizing when thoughts are irrational, and telling your mind to stop at the first signs of this line of thinking.
When you are tempted to think the worst is going to happen, remember that God has in store for us more good than we could ever imagine. Cling to that hope when things are tough, and cling to them when the best is just over the horizon.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.