Have you realized that life is a team sport? We are all in it together. God created us to be in community with one another because he knew we would need each other. But we must carefully choose our teammates, those who we spend significant time with. Those who walk life’s road with us.
Life and death begin with the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Good teammates will always encourage you and help you fight your fears, whereas those who speak negative words can sear your soul for a lifetime. Positive words are the breath of life – they can ignite faith and give you the confidence to defeat giants.
My dad understood the value of positive, encouraging teammates. He once compared friends to elevators. He said they will either take you up or down. Friends will either increase or decrease both your faith and your problems. Their words will either build up hope or increase your worry.
God’s Word tells us that bad company corrupts morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). If we have friends who bring us down, it’s time to get new friends! We need people around us who will give us faith, not fear. Hope, not despair. Calm, not chaos.
Surround yourself with people who give you words of life. In the team sport of life, you need positive people around you. Good teammates will help you overcome your fears, and remind you that God wants you to be a victor, not a victim. A life-giver, not a hope-drainer.
Get good teammates.
The right ones will always help you overcome anxiety.