Do you have any idea what is the most frequent command in the Bible? Believe it or not, it is not to “love one another” (although that’s up there!). Instead, the most frequent command — used more than 70 times — is “do not be afraid.”
We don’t really realize it, but we humans are prone to fear! We subconsciously feed it, nurture it, and accommodate it. All too often, we tuck a little fear center into our mind and heart, and make sure it is always turned on.
Don’t believe me? What if I used the word “worry” instead of fear?
Oh. Right. Now, many of us can relate. I sure can. And during my research for The Kindness Challenge I realized: We can’t feed fear (aka: worry) and then complain that we’re anxious and stressed! We’ve got to look for and confront the ways we are causing the very anxiety we wish we didn’t have.
So here are three sneaky ways we’re causing our own stress — and how to eliminate them!