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Doubt is a close relative of worry. Both contribute to the growth of anxiety and stress.
The most famous doubter? Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, who would not believe he was seeing the risen Christ until he saw and touched the wounds of His hands and feet. But then, his doubt was turned to belief, and his life was changed.
Doubt can be helpful. We need to be wary of those who offer us dubious products or shining roads to happiness. However, when we doubt our spouses, or our children–doubt their motives or their sincerity on a regular basis–we are sowing misery. It’s not a good way to live.
I had a client long ago who told me, on our second visit, that something I had asked her in our first visit made her feel I was judging her, and she was angry all week. She doubted my motive for the question. Once we cleared up the matter, she shared with me that this tendency to doubt everyone in her life was making her miserable. We worked on that, and I believe we made some progress.
A life characterized by doubt and fear is not a life well-lived.We don’t have to live that way. We can learn trust and joy.