Which vowels would you choose? w__rri__r. Simple concept. Difficult application. Change 2 vowels and go from being a wOrriEr to a wArriOr. And who doesn’t want that?!?
I was going to highlight a few personal stories to illustrate my point but let’s be honest; every one of us (yes, including me) allow our minds to take one negative thought, comment or reaction and then that one thought grows with “I am nots’ or ‘I can nots’ or ‘what ifs’ or ‘should haves’ and then before we know it, we are on the worry bus to anxiety-ville. And once we are on that bus, it seems we have a hard time getting off. Heck, sometimes it does not even have to be negative encounter that puts me on that bus. Crazy how that bus seems to be always ready to pick me up but I still have a choice to climb aboard. I have a choice which vowels I use!
So, what do we do? Olin Miller made this observation, “We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.” In other words, we should not think to highly or lowly of ourselves (Rom. 12:3). We should just be us – our uniquely, wonderfully created selves. Here is a thought I just had. What if someone sees me as a warrior but I am so worried about what they think or how they will respond, I am actually a worrier masquerading as a warrior. Hmmm? Yep, I have been that guy and still can be at times. Yikes! Sherilyn Finn paints with a broader stroke, “There is something at work that’s bigger than us. It’s about having a trust in life and being at peace that things are happening the way they should. You do what you do as well as you can do it, and then you don’t worry or agonize about the outcome.” Essentially, she is saying: ‘change 2 vowels.’
Change the O to an A: Change the “Oh-woe-is-me attitude to an “Always pray & give thanks in all circumstances” attitude (1 Thesl. 5:16-18)
Change the E to an O. Change the ‘Everyone-does-not-like-me-every-thing-sucks’ attitude to an “O‘ God, you are my strength, my help & my shield…’ attitude (Ps. 28:7)
To become a warrior we must tear off the grave cloths of worry and put on life-sustaining armor (Eph. 6). It will not be easy at times but we are not called to the easy; we are called to the necessary! And for ourselves & our families, ‘change 2 vowels’ is not only needed; it is of the upmost necessity.
And just in case you need a song to remind you: click here.