How to come out of a tail spin

Ever racecar driver learns three critical lessons very early on in their training. First, they learn that no matter how talented they are, there are times when they will inevitably go in to a spin. With smoky crashes happening around them, and oil slicks pooling on the track these drivers know that the occasional tailspin is unavoidable. Second, they learn that they can’t just stop when their world is spinning—to come out of a spin they need to keep driving. And third, when they are trying to come out of a spin they must not look at the wall—they know that they will drift toward whatever they focus on. These lessons are true for us as well: we will experience occasional tailspins, and when we do our healthiest option is to hold steady, keep driving, and remember that the object of our focus is critical. That’s why Paul encouraged the believers in Philippians 4:6 to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” When our life spins out of control and impending walls loom close on the horizon, Paul would encourage us: “Don’t let what is befalling you become your only focus. Focus upward.”

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