“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” – Charles Spurgeon
There’s plenty to be stressed about these days, and so much of what makes us anxious is beyond our control. On the other hand, there are really practical things we can do to reduce stress in our lives. Some of the best advice on that is found in the book of Proverbs. Let’s take a look.
Plan ahead. Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow. One way not to have to worry is to have a plan – whether it’s for raising children, advancing in your career, saving money, or serving God.
Set good priorities. Part of planning is prioritizing. Find your priorities and follow them consistently.
Choose friends carefully. Get close to friends who will walk with you through joys and sorrows and will encourage your faith in our loving God.
Always tell the truth. It’s too much work to remember what you told to whom. Truth-telling is not only biblical, it’s safe!
Find good counselors. Proverbs is all about getting good input. In fact, it talks about having an abundance of counselors. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice!
Keep your finances in order. Make it a goal to spend less than you earn. Debt creates stress!
Help others. Step up when you see those who have needs they can’t take care of by themselves.
Trust God more than you trust yourself. As much as we’d like to, we really can’t trust our own thinking sometimes. That’s where God comes in. Trust him first and always. If everything follows from that foundation, stress will be calmed.
If you haven’t read the book of Proverbs lately, this might be a good time to revisit its amazing wisdom!
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh . . .”– Proverbs 14:30a