“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”— Deuteronomy 31:8
In the mid-1960s, Bill Russell was the star basketball center for the world-champion Boston Celtics. He dominated the boards, and with effortless ease, he seemed to take charge of the whole court once the game got underway. The whole team revolved around his larger-than-life presence. Sports fans watched him from a distance, respecting his command of the sport.
Then, in a radio interview, Russell made a comment that shocked many of his fans. The sports reporter asked the all-pro basketball star if he ever got nervous or anxious before a big game. Russell’s answer was surprising. He said, in his typical style of blunt honesty, “Before every game, I vomit.”
Shocked, the sportscaster asked what he did if they played two games the same day. The unnerved Russell replied, “I vomit twice.”
All people—even the ones who seem larger than life—deal with anxiety at some point in life. And as Christians, we can either allow anxiety to cripple or even paralyze us, or we can stare anxiety in the face just like Bill Russell did and work past it.
Don’t look for things to worry about. Instead, experience freedom from your worries by finding your security in Jesus Christ. With His power, you’ll be able to work through your fears and overcome any anxiety you face!
Ask God to give you the strength to overcome your anxieties and live boldly for Christ!
Questions for thought
What do you think causes anxious thoughts to take over your mind?
What are some ways you’ve seen God work through you in times you were anxious or afraid?