One of the many great things about meeting new people is understanding the different language used from person to person based on their past experiences and where they’ve came from. Apparently, I use “it’s fine” a lot. The more I use it, and the more my friends bring it to my attention, I’ve realized that not only do I say it’s fine about everything, but I can finally say that I believe it.
It’s an easy thing to get caught up in the many curveballs that get thrown at us in a given day. This is especially true in today’s world of deadlines and timelines that we are expected to follow. The littlest thing like not waking up on time can set a person off on the wrong foot to a perfectly wonderful day. So what if we had a way to brush little things off and be content with saying “it’s fine” and moving on? Thankfully, there is a way we can do this! My method is what I call the It’s Fine Lifestyle. The beginning of the pursuit for this lifestyle began at a time in my life when I was being broke down again and again by insurmountable amounts of anxiety. I was experiencing health implications and was rarely ever able to happily enjoy my life because of the never ending swarms of what ifs. I began really understanding the health effects of anxiety when I was diagnosed with vocal chord disfunction which is induced by anxiety from worry. Basically your voice box swells so large it begins to block your airways and gives the sense of breathing out of a straw. Not a great feeling. Until this point, I didn’t understand the ways God could help me with my anxiety, but knew this diagnosis was going to force me to deal with the root of my struggle. It wasn’t until I realized that my anxiety was actually tearing me away from the Lord that I realized how much of a spiritual battle anxiety and worry is.
Anxiety is said to be the worry of “what if,” which I have found to be wholly true in my experience. The worst anxiety attacks I’ve ever experienced were about the most silly ‘what if’ scenarios that I would play up in my head. I remember agonizing in those moments about what it was going to be to live with anxiety for the rest of my life. That’s how hopeless I was! Thankfully, I discovered that there IS hope and not just for me, but for all of us!
The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:25-27 that worrying about the ups and downs of everyday life doesn’t do us any good, because as children of the Lord, we have hope in knowing God will provide for our every need. ” 25 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
What we can draw away from this passage is that because God cares so deeply for us, we shouldn’t waste our precious time worrying and getting anxious over things in life, but rather enjoy each moment of the day for all that it is, good or bad. Knowing that we have a God who cares for each on of us so passionately, we can face all problems throughout the day with confidence knowing that God will equip us to fight all the battles we need to when we give our lives to him.
This is not to say that there won’t be difficult times, but how we chose to deal with them is what puts an individual into living the It’s Fine Lifestyle or not. It’s okay to mourn, to be upset and to struggle with events, thoughts and emotions, but it’s not for our betterment to worry about them before or after they happen. It simply won’t do us any good! Being able to be okay within hurt is how we can most effectively heal and learn from the situations that get placed in our lives. You’ve probably heard that “it’s okay to not be okay,” and that’s the whole truth! In bringing all our hurts to the Lord we can emotionally deal with the situation and be at peace knowing that our entire lives are in the hands of our creator who has a plan for all that happens within our life!
So what if we looked at our lives from the it’s fine standpoint? When we try our best to live our lives to our fullest potential, it’s simple to give all that the world tells us is not fine, to the Lord. Why worry about not waking up on time when you can say “it’s fine,” and know that God has a plan through even something like that?
It’s fine! Like totally fine. I promise.
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