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Our God is Greater than Our Nerves
Published: 11/1/2011 11:04:56 AM


Talking to those in authority isn’t easy. In fact, it can feel downright impossible at times.

Some people act visibly nervous. Others sound overly confident. And some people feel like crying, especially when confronted by authority. (I certainly fall into this category. On a number of occasions, I’ve had to blink back tears and it’s terribly embarrassing. What can I say, I’m a sensitive person!)

Inevitably, there are a number of situations where talking to your boss is entirely necessary. Employee evaluations, salary negotiations, life-changing announcements—all are instances when talking to your superior can be challenging and stressful.

Have you ever experienced an upset stomach, sweaty hands, short breaths or stuttering speech while talking to your authorities at work? I certainly have. Have you experienced these nerve-induced symptoms while talking to the ultimate authority, God? I have not.

Isn’t it a little ironic that we have issues talking to human authorities, when we have no problems talking to, begging, complaining or asking accusing questions of God, the highest authority of all? Sometimes we yell, scream, or cry out to Him. We may even take His Name in vain. We wouldn’t even dream of behaving this way in front of our bosses.

We can talk to God with complete confidence because we talk to Him in Jesus' name. Jesus took the punishment our sins deserve so we have nothing to fear from God. Through faith in Christ we are given perfect standing with God and can talk to Him whenever we want and about whatever is on our mind. If God is for us, does it matter who is against us?

I think young adults (including myself) need to realize people – young or old, powerful or weak – are just people. They’re not gods. Their power isn’t divine or eternal. They are just like you and me, sinful bodies made of human flesh and blood. Realizing this important fact has certainly helped me overcome some nervousness (though, I’m still a work-in-progress) about confronting authorities on this earth.

So the next time you’re faced with the daunting task of talking to someone "above you,” remember this: Relax. Take a breath. Ask God for peace. And remember that with God, all things are possible—even overcoming your own nerves.

Perhaps even memorize Philippians 4:6-7, so you can recite it in times of need: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Angie Laxdal

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