How to Heal Mental Hangnails – God’s Prescription for Peace

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. ~ Dale Carnegie

Did you ever have a hangnail?

Or a stubbed toe?

Suddenly, your entire consciousness is focused on the pain, instead of being grateful for the 99.9% of your body that is functioning entirely well.

Worry is like that. So are stress, anxiety and grief. They are mental ‘sores’, like a hangnail in your mind. They make you forget all the blessings in your life. Instead, your entire focus is on your ‘pain’ and how to make it go away.

The problem is – you can’t “heal” worry by thinking about it any easier than you can heal a hangnail. I have found, though, that I can put a bandage on my finger so I don’t pick and bite at the sore spot. Then, I can purposely think about something else, and the pain will disappear into the background of my mind.

The bandage for worry (or trouble, stress, anxiety, depression and defeat) is Peace. It is the cure for all sorts of mental anguish and torment. And you can have it right now. Just like you purposely put a Band-Aid on your finger, you can choose peace for your mind.

Peace is a Gift from God

Peace is not a nebulous concept; it is actually a gift from God to you. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you …” (John 14:17)

Imagine for a moment that God placed your peace in a big box, wrapped in shiny paper and tied it with a bright bow. He hands it to you like a birthday present. “Here,” He says. “I want you to have this.”

If you don’t reach out and take the package – which, by the way, also includes joy, love, goodness, kindness, and other riches from Heaven’s bounty – you will never ‘receive’ His gift. You have the choice to either take it and hang onto it … or refuse to receive it.

“No,” you say, “I don’t deserve it. This mess is all my fault and I’ll just have to fix it on my own. Thanks, anyway.” And all the time, God wants to help you by giving you His peace.

You see, in every moment of every day, you have a choice – a decision. If that bright, shiny box holds a million dollars, you’d grab it and never let go. You wouldn’t let anyone or anything take it away from you. You would defend your right to hold it, own it and use it.

You can do the same with peace, love and joy. God will even trade you … your worries for His peace. “Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). Refuse that bag of worry, anguish and pain. Instead, grab the gift of peace. Say to yourself, moment by moment if necessary, “I have peace. God gave it to me, and I’m not letting go of it.”

A Prescription for Mental Health

Peace of mind prevents depression and anxiety. Worry is the opposite of peace. It is brought on by fear – either real or imagined. Worry borrows tomorrow’s troubles today. Fear steals your peace. It actually creates the very troubles you’re worried about.

When your doctor gives you a prescription, do you follow the directions? Or do you say to yourself, “I don’t need this. I’m not going to take it”? Peace is the antidote to worry, anxiety, stress, anger, grief and every other negative emotion. It’s available to you all the time, but you have to ‘take’ it.

Have you ever walked into a room … and known immediately that something was wrong? You can feel the stress and tension. You can sense the lack of peace. Often, it is strong enough to make you turn around and walk away. Your reaction is your spirit’s defense mechanism to protect your peace of mind.

Peace is Your Umpire.

Keeping your peace is a Divine directive. It is also your daily challenge.

Often we are so ‘busy’ dealing with the world (jobs, finances, family, commitments – the list is endless, isn’t it?) that we ‘lose our peace’. In addition, we forget to love and support those closest to us. We fail to provide them with the sense of peace and love that they need.

Peace should be your ‘chooser’. Avoid strife, anger, unforgiveness and other negative emotions that steal your peace. Like an umpire, tell them, “You’re out!”

Spread it around!

Share your peace, love and blessing with those around you. Like a seed, the peace you sow toward others will return to you … good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

Lack of peace prevents you from enjoying your NOW. It blocks recognition of the blessings in your TODAY. Worry steals your peace and opens the door to a myriad of other problems.

God wants you to have His peace. He gave it to you to use. It’s not just a gift, either. Peace is also a spiritual weapon to help you defeat all manner of mental and emotional attacks. Grab hold and don’t let go!

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