What is the result of starvation? Death.
So, if you take away food from a living creature or organism long enough, it will starve. If it starves long enough it will die.
From a spiritual sense, if you feed your fears by cycling through the “what ifs”, “if onlys’, “never will Is”, “I will always” (followed by something negative), your fears, worries, and anxiety will multiply. Those rhetorical questions or statements are the food source for our fears, and what makes our negative thoughts blossom out of control; the equivalent of adding Miracle-Gro.
The truth is we all have fears; we all have regrets. But we can’t live in the place where our minds uncontrollably run through all the “should haves”, “could haves”, “wish I hads.” It’s good to have an overarching awareness of those things in an effort to learn from our previous missteps, but going deeper than just the surface will suck us in to a place that’ll be hard to escape. Therefore, we must starve our fears!
We can’t live in the past.
Instead, we must look forward and have the courage to turn the page to the future God has already planned for our life. That courage is found by feeding our faith. Our faith can be strengthened (read: fed) by opening up our bibles to Psalm 34, Joshua 1, or Matthew 6:25-34. Those few samplings should affirm that God will provide everything we need, at the precise time we need it. He is never early, and never late.
Today, take a deep breath and let’s link arms and commit to starving our fears by feeding our faith.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.Psalm 34:4, ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9, ESV
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:34, NIV