When dealing with problems, where is your focus? My daughters and I recently watched the movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams. One scene is a game-changer. Will you take a moment to watch? It’s just at bit over two minutes. Go ahead and watch the clip. I’ll wait. 🙂
I love how this clip illustrates that when life gets tough, renewing our minds involves shifting our focus from our problems to our solution. A passage in Philippians 4:6-7 shares practical steps in that process.
I’m quoting from the Tree of Life translation of the Bible. This version uses original Hebrew terminology which allows deeper complexity to the passage.
6 Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.
From this passage we glean Three Simply Profound Steps from Stress to Shalom.
(1) Take time for prayer (an honest conversation with God)
(2) Journal your prayer requests and vision (petition)
(3) Worship God
The Bible promises that this process leads us to shalom.
What is shalom? Wikipedia defines shalom as “a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.”
Shalom, therefore, can mean both “hello” to our wholeness and peace while simultaneously saying “goodbye” to fear and stress. That’s a great trade-off in 3 simple steps!