Hello Trio Family,
I have wrestled with anxiety more than I am used to in the past few months. Many people are anxious right now.
Curt Thompson, psychiatrist and author, addressed anxiousness in a webinar this week (it's posted on Trio's Facebook page) that further clarified why our vision to help people make meaningful, personal connections with God and people is critical in the midst of Covid-19, racial issues, riots, and profound uncertainty.
He suggested that one of the greatest driving forces of anxiety is the fear that we will be alone or cut-off from people who care for us, with little or no power to change it. Our church can overcome that by building personal connections. Thompson said that physiologically, we cannot be anxious if we are living in the moment with our eyes on the here and now being connected to others. When Jesus called Peter out of the boat, Pete did fine until he took his eyes off of Jesus in moment to focus on what "could" happen instead. When we are not connected to people in the present moment in time and space, trying to predict the future, we experience greater anxiety. Trio's vision is a direct remedy to anxiousness.
Our brains, says Thompson, are at their most tranquil when we have the sense of being deeply connected with at least two other people, being deeply known by them, faults and all, because we are made to connect and to work and to create together. To stay on mission with God, as individuals and a church, we have to do the hard work of forming meaningful, personal connections, with people in and outside of our church.
Dr. Thompson went on to say "we can do anything when we are not alone, but we can do very little when we are or feel alone." When we do not feel alone, because we have forged meaningful connections, sharing our vulnerabilities, we give one another courage in our hearts, and we can do what God has called us to do despite big obstacles in front of us.
You can you give courage to this week?
Who can give you courage this week?
Go give and receive it!
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