In my last post, I talked about how I didn’t take my Poison Ivy seriously at first. I must confess, I have a tendency to do that—to minimize a problem.
Unfortunately, I’m an anxious person—always have been. I could spiritually dissect that and tell you that my anxiety means I don’t have enough faith in God, which is very true. But this post is not about “Why I minimize” but rather “What minimizing does to my life”—and probably does to yours too if you let it.
Let me first say that if you are a “Minimizer,” you’re in good company. You can find examples of Minimizer’s everywhere, including one from straight out of the pages of the Bible in the life of King David. Let me just say, David was a HUGE Minimizer (yeah, I know, an oxymoron, sort of like Jumbo Shrimp, but I digress).
- His daughter, Tamar, lost her virginity and her hope for the future.
- He lost two of his sons, Amnon and Absalom.
- He nearly lost his kingdom.
Hopefully, my minimizing ways won’t result in the degree of losses that King David experienced, but I know that my fear and minimizing ways have cost me, my family and my marriage. Here are just a few examples of my own minimizing ways …
- I’ve turned a blind eye when I’ve seen a problem that overwhelmed me.
- I’ve down-played a problem when my anxiety grew too high.
- I’ve stuck my head in the sand, hoping that my problem would simply go away if I couldn’t see it.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)