Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Proverbs 12:25 NLT
Have you ever worn ankle weights at the gym? Suddenly even a task like walking takes extra effort. When considering your worries, picture yourself as a person with ankle weights who has never worked out. Worry does nothing but add heaviness to your life. When you take into consideration that we are called to run a race, it is significantly more difficult to run with our ankles carrying weights. The solution seems to be right in this verse, but sometimes we find ourselves in seasons where an encouraging word from the outside seems scarce.
Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Peace is a word used to describe a sense of feeling calm and relaxed.
We may automatically think of ourselves as lying back on a deck chair in the sun with no work to do and no one around to disturb us or of paddling a kayak through the calm waters of a lake all to our own.