Do you remember the children’s story called Chicken Little? An acorn falls on Chicken Little’s head. She becomes afraid and tells her friends, who follow her. On and on the story goes, gathering a larger and larger crowd that must get to the King to inform him that the world is ending.
When the crowd makes it to the king, they exclaim loudly, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” But, the wise king reassures the crowd that what seemed like the end of the world was just an acorn falling on Chicken Little’s head.
Chicken Little overreacted to what she didn’t understand. Her mind immediately went to the worst case scenario. That’s what fear does. When fear takes over, the ability to use reason and logic stop working. Collective fear is even worse. It’s fear on steroids.
As Chicken Little verbalized her fears, others given to fear gathered around her. They supported her and went with her to the King. Isn’t it interesting that no one questioned her? They blindly accepted what she said.
7 Steps to Stay Calm
- Use the Word of God; the scriptures admonish us over and over to not be afraid. It comes down to what you allow your mind to dwell on. Philippians 4:8 gives instructions; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Don’t allow your mind to dwell on things you can’t control.
- Take control; Fear a powerful force. Fear paralyzes. As the world and everything in it go south, we must train ourselves not to overreact. I always practice and say under my breath something I learned from Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin, “I refuse to get upset over anything.”
- Don’t ride piggyback; it is up to you to control your mind. Just because someone else is afraid doesn’t mean you have to be.
- Fools judge too quickly; when you hear something, remember there are two sides to every story. Don’t draw conclusions quickly. Proverbs tells us that a fool judges a matter before hearing both sides.
- Haters love to hate; the world loves to hate. Hate is a strong emotion. Strong emotions feel good. Fear unites people around a cause, even if the cause is wrong. Chicken Little is out there, fear-mongering, trying to get you to fear. Don’t get caught up in emotion and lose the ability to think clearly and reason objectively.
- God’s plans are good; many people follow Chicken Little’s example of anxiety and over-exaggerated tension. Worry is thinking about what might go wrong before it happens. Some circumstances are beyond your control, but you don’t have to be a world-class worrier. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “I know the plans I have for you. They are for good, and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.” Change your thinking. It will change your life.