Encouragment

Relatives

Pilot Knob Lutheran               Relatives                 10/18/2023

We all have relatives; immediate family and distant cousins. Immediate family we usually associate with more often. Our emotions also have relatives.  I’ve been writing about worry, and its immediate family member is fear. Just as we have family members who we enjoy we may have some that we would rather not be around. So, it is with fear and worry. For example: you are hiking in the woods and someone yells snake! You look down and two feet from you is a rattlesnake. That creates a fear response that is natural and healthy. Your brain immediately tells you that you are in real danger, get away as fast as possible. Worry deals with what might happen and, in a way, creates fear, an unhealthy fear. The next time you hike in the woods you become anxious and on edge because you think you will encounter a snake even though there is no evidence of one. Just because it happened once your worry ‘relative,’ fear tells you it will happen the next time and the next. Worry takes fear by its side and adds the ‘what-ifs’ to our thinking. A bad relative to hang out with. Unfortunately, irrational fear is at the heart of worry. It begins the what-if cycle. What if I don’t see the snake and get bit? What if I don’t get medical attention soon enough? What if I die from the bite? Worry takes a real threat and causes us to focus on what could happen without any evidence. This can freeze our emotions and lock the mind into a world that is not real. When that happens, we must slam the door shut and not allow our mind to take us to fears ‘house.’Remember, what we worry about does not happen 85% of the time. And who is always with us?Pr. Bob Snitzer By the Way:Today: No Confirmation class.  October 22, 9:00 AM Morning worship. Sermon: Metro HopeNo Sunday school Oct. 22, & 29.Sunday 29, 2-3:30   GriefShare. Please tell others. For more information go to:                         https://www.griefshare.org/findagroupor contact Pr. Bob or Sue Reese~ Past communiques and sermons can be read and heard on our website: www.pilotknob.org and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilotKnobLutheran/

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