The key to defeating anxiety is to properly identify the "replacement behavior."
Suppose that you want to get rid of some behavior in your life. It is never enough to stop doing the wrong thing. In order to defeat that behavior, you need to not only stop doing the wrong thing, but also start doing the right thing.
The Apostle Paul emphasizes this principle.
- He tells the Ephesians, “stop lying, instead, tell the truth.”
- He also encourages the Ephesians, rather than being drunk, speak to one another with Psalms Hymns and spiritual songs.
- And, don’t let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up.
So, if you are going to defeat a behavior in your life. One of the first things that you need to do is find the right alternative. Here is one to think about this week. The positive alternative to “worrying” is “thanksgiving.” Paul tells the Philippians, “Don’t be anxious but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving make your requests known to God.”
If you struggle with worry and anxiety, and most of us do at one time or another, make it your goal this week to replace those thoughts with Thanksgiving.