With the Olympic Winter games underway and winter weather, it reminded me of a movie I recently watched. Several Saturdays ago, I had the awesome privilege of doing… nothing.
It seems as though my schedule has been non-stop. For quite a while. We got married. I started a new job. We began remodeling our home. Then it was Thanksgiving and Christmas then transitioning to my new class at school to my dad’s birthday to my father in law’s passing. Something seemed to be happening every weekend.
It was so nice to just relax. I curled up under my blanket with the remote in hand. Channel 312. It was Hallmark’s Winterfest. My husband had been feeling a bit under the weather and was napping, so it was the perfect time for a chick flick.
Love on the slopes. It was a feel good romantic comedy about a copy editor facing her fears with extreme sports and her guide that helped her do it.
Her mantra throughout the movie was, “Be a warrior, not a worrier.”
I loved that! You see, I’m a worrier by nature. Before it ever happens, I panic. Just the thought of the unknown, not being equipped. Anxiety steps in. I become overwhelmed. And I freeze. I’m paralyzed to move forward. Without a little kick in the pants from someone to push me along.
I’m blessed to have a few of those currently in my life to give me the gentle nudge I need. My aunt and prayer warrior on the sidelines, my husband and daughters on the homefront, and a handful of supportive teachers and principal at school.
I want to be a warrior!
I want to conquer. I want to embrace the challenges life throws my way. I want to be an “I can!” kind of girl.
Alex in the movie taught me a technique called screaming on the inside to conquer my fears. I want to smile on the outside while I’m screaming on the inside rather than let my stress scream out to others.
My advice to you if you, too, are a worrier rather than a warrior is to memorize Philippians 4:13, and take the leap! The leap of faith! You don’t necessarily have to leap off a bridge on a bungee chord as Alex did, but whatever your fear, face it and embrace it! Be an “I can” warrior! Christ is right there with you to change that “o” to an “a” today!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Love and laughter,