ICDT #38: Overcoming Situational Anxiety

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"So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t." (Romans 12:5, MSG)

"Love one another from the center of who you are…" (Romans 12:9, MSG)

I now often use these verses as I prepare I speak to a group. I remind myself to embrace and to be who I am, without qualification.

I get to be exactly who I was made to be.

And I remember that I get to love those in front of me from the center of who I am. What a treat. What a privilege! And, to borrow a phrase, I can do that!

This is an Unhurried Living way of serving. I serve from my authentic self and I love from the center of that place.

So much freer than trying to pretend I am something I am not and trying to impress those I am teaching.

I prefer authenticity and love over pretending and impressing.

If you are suffering from situational anxiety today, remind yourself that you are loved, that you get to be exactly who you are, and that you can love from the center of your deepest place.

You, too, do not have to pretend or impress. You can give your best and leave the outcomes to God.