Anticipation vs. Anxiety

ANTICIPATION

Actually, it could probably be a different “a” word—anxiety.

You’ve heard the adage “Be careful what you wish for because you might actually get it.” That’s what I’m feeling as this week gets going.

This is the week I accomplish one of my three big goals of 2010, which involved creating a workshop based on the story of Relentless Grace and presenting the workshop at least once during 2010. (Setting The Stage For Success)

This weekend I’ll be the main speaker at a retreat attended by about fifty men.

It’s a much larger responsibility than I imagined when I began. I consider fifty strangers showing up and expecting me to say something profound that justifies a weekend away from family and football …

But then I remember that it’s not about me. It’s not about my thoughts. It’s not even about the fifty men who attend, their expectations, their reactions.

It’s about God and what He intends for the weekend. I’m not responsible for what happens in those fifty hearts—He’s got that under control. I’ll do my best, but the outcomes aren’t mine to fuss about.

So I (try to) savor the anticipation of accomplishing an important goal while minimizing the anxiety.

What are you looking forward to this week? Are you experiencing anticipation or anxiety?

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Dixon
Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

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