By: Fred Hughes – Decision Ministries International
We all face uncertainty, but how do you deal with it successfully?
It depends on several factors! The most common is allowing questions to enter your mind. “What will – they – think?” Or “How will – they – react to this decision?” Or “What will – they – do?”
What happens if I fail or it fails? What will be lost? How much will it cost?
Everyone struggles with these and other similar questions! They are unavoidable and very much a part of everyday life. How do we deal with these fear-based questions? How do we process them and reach an actionable solution to the internal debate we are enthralled in?
Not only are there “how” questions, but there is always a “when” clock that is ticking! This combination often allows uncertainty to roll in and create paralyzing thoughts that overtake your peace, progress, and productivity. It’s a lot like the spin cycle on your washing machine. It slams on the brakes, starts spinning, and then drains every ounce of energy you have right out of you! It is easy to feel that way, and it always seems to be at the absolute worst time. We can all relate, but that doesn’t bring solutions!
What is your solution? Does it produce the results you need? I find that everyone has to deal with it in his own unique way. Why? We are all unique individuals, and every situation we face is not the same as the last one we dealt with! Actually, it is wonderful that there are no pat answers; life would be boring if it were so. Here are a few ideas to assist you.
1) The first and foremost weapon is always the Word of God. If you can find a scripture that addresses the situation, you can start speaking to it with authority greater than your own. Faith, or belief, is built by hearing what God has to say about decisions we need to make.
2) Visualizing or forming an image of what you want is also a very powerful act of faith you can apply. Hope and expectation are valuable assets that almost always produce. Every motivational speaker, or book, will assign high value to this aspect. If you can see it in your mind, you can step out of uncertainty quickly.
3) Choose the high road of encouragement and compliments rather than rebuke and demeaning comments. Building up yourself or your team will always stir up positive and constructive solutions. Conversely, a bad attitude will only cause even more uncertainty.
A few applicable scriptures:
Romans 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”
Romans 8:37 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
John 14:26 “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.” This was fulfilled in Acts 2. Therefore, we have the Helper at all times, and uncertainty is not one of His traits!
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord God! Truly You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm, and there is nothing too hard for You.”
God has the answers you need! He will help you find the solutions. Psalms 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” NIV Go to the Word first, and uncertainty will not be an issue for long!
“We all face uncertainty, but how do you deal with it successfully?” was first published by Decision Ministries International author Fed Hughes. Learn more about this organization by visiting their website: http://decision1.org/