OK, I’ve never been asked this, I’ve just thought about it recently.
I think the number one reason I get nervous about an upcoming ministry opportunity or event is because I haven’t prepared adequately.
This may be a personality trait that is unique to a select number of people, but…
I think this concept can transfer to many parts of our life….
-We are apprehensive about our finances because we haven’t prepared to control them.
-We are on the rocks in our marriage because we haven’t spent time preparing it for growth and wellness.
-We are nervous about serving the church in our capacity because we’ve failed to prepare enough.
-We are nervous about our test at school because we’ve failed to spend adequate time studying. (Remember those days?) :)
-We are even nervous when we go on vacation because we haven’t prepared enough.
Don’t get me wrong,
I think that apprehension sometimes comes because of other factors, but for me, this is the biggest cause.
When I’m organized, prepared, and ready, I seem to be a lot less stressed about what’s coming up.
Maybe the solution to your problem of anxiety and nervousness about your job, family, and life isn’t from a lack of sleep or a lack of time, maybe it’s from a lack of preparation.
Just a thought…