You can see it all over social media. You hear it in almost every conversation. Even our children are reflecting it in the questions they’re asking their parents.
People are worried about our country.
The election is coming and people are worried about the results. They are worried about the fallout from the election results. They are overly concerned about the divided state of our nation. People feel as if they have no control over what’s happening in our country and can’t see a way forward for a positive future.
Worry. It’s a powerful emotion. It keeps us up at night. It creates physiological problems that leads us to medicate, both with actual medication, but also with less than medical solutions.
However, we don’t have to let worry overtake our lives.
In fact, we can get rid of worry from our lives by taking the time to alter our perspective and remember some key things that will give us the confidence we need to create a positive outlook for our nation in the days to come.
Remember that God is in Control.
This is the A#1 way to erase worry from our lives. We serve an all-powerful God who knows all things and controls all things. He is the one who allows each official to be elected and His plan cannot be thwarted. We must trust that His ways are best, even when we don’t understand them, even when they remain mysterious to us. God is bigger and stronger.
God will win every battle in the end. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow because God will never change. He has taken care of His people in the past and He will do the same in the future. We can rely on Him and depend on Him in even the darkest of circumstances.
Remember the checks and balances of American Democracy.
Even when things look grim, we must remember that American Democracy was built on a system of checks and balances that keep the power of any one individual or any one branch of government from dominating.
While it is not always perfect, it has worked well many times. We must trust the system and continue to vote our conscience for the elected officials we believe will best represent our families, our communities, our state and our nation. The system should ultimately take care of itself.
Do what you can to push the issues that are most important to you.
If you are passionate about an issue that affects your community, do something about it. Don’t sit passively by and let others do the governing for you. Get involved! Raise money. Raise awareness. Educate yourself and others. Become an advocate. Run for public office!
You don’t have to remain idle, worrying about the present and the future while others do all the work. Remind yourself that you indeed have power by doing something about the things that are most important to you and your family.
Spend time educating and encouraging the next generation.
The next generation is our hope for the future. We may be worried about today, but we definitely have the power to change the future by investing into young people. They have the power to realize real and lasting transformation in all parts of society.
However, they need our help. They need education and encouragement from today’s adults. They need a sense of hope, confidence, and optimism. We can give these things to them. We can eliminate some of our worry by focusing on the youth of today and giving them everything they need to make a better tomorrow.
Spend time with those you love.
If all else fails, the best way to eliminate worry from your life is to spend meaningful time with your loved ones. Create margin in your life so that you can have meals together, leisurely evenings by the fireside, family outings, and other time spent together that creates memories for the future. Spend time praying together and processing all that is happening in our nation and in our world.
Even if there are no answers, focus on building relationships with one another. Spend time talking about and thinking about things other than politics and the state of our nation. Focusing on love and encouragement will help worry stay far, far away.
Worry is a genuine problem during these challenging days. But with a little intentional work, we can eliminate its dominance from our lives and focus on more productive and meaningful things that will bring us life.