When it comes to your children, are you a worrier or a warrior?
A worrier is one who tries to fight through the battles of fear, insecurity, and doubt on his or her own. A warrior lets God fight those battles, instead.
Scripture tells us “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies (like the person who is making your life–or your child’s life–miserable), but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places”–like the unseen thoughts, fears and frustrations that cloud your judgment, persuade you to worry, and tempt you to stress out (Ephesians 6:12, NLT).
Scripture also assures us: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14, NIV).
Here’s how you can tell if you’re a worrier or a warrior:
A worrier says: “I’m so nervous about this situation. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
A warrior says: “God has gone before me into this situation so I have nothing to fear.”
A worrier says: “There’s no hope.”
A warrior says:”My hope is in the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:24)
A worrier says: “What if something bad happens to my child?”
A warrior says: “God causes all things (even the bad things)] to work together for good to those who love God…” (Romans 8:28).
A worrier says: “I’m not strong enough. Surely I will fail.”
A warrior says: “The Lord is my strength” (Psalm 28:7) and “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV).
Did you notice the difference? The worrier is looking at the world through physical eyes and reacting in fear.
The warrior is looking in the WORD and has God’s response for every situation he or she encounters. Warriors see with spiritual eyes from God’s perspective–the perspective of a victor, an over comer, a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
Romans 12:2 tells us “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
To be conformed to this world is to worry like every other person in the world. To be transformed by the renewing of your mind is to think differently. It is to think as warriors who know where their strength lies, and to Whom they belong.
So which one are you? A worrier or a warrior?
If you’re the former, here’s the best news of all: A worrier can turn into a warrior at any time. Your transformation is just a prayer away:
“God, grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit inwardly so that I can be a woman of faith, not fear….a warrior, not a worrier” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
Will you join me in the ranks as a warrior?
For more on being a warrior, not a worrier, see Cindi’s newest book, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom.