Wednesdays with Words: Running Scared by Edward T. Welch

WWW ladyduskI am so excited that Dawn at Ladydusk has taken up the mantle of the Wednesdays with Words meme that Cindy has left behind in her closing of her wonderful blog, Ordo Amoris.  (Let’s have a moment of silence, please, for Ordo Amoris.  It will most definitely be missed!  Thank you.)  I’m jumping in here at the eleventh hour because that is the sort of day (nay, week) I’ve had, and honestly, it’s not likely to get better any time soon.  Here we go!


I snagged the Kindle version of Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
by Edward T. Welch after reading great things about another one of his books.  (The Kindle version was less than $3.00 at the time, too, which helped my decision.)  Truthfully, my picture could be on the cover of this book–the subtitle describes the land in which I spend way too much of my time.  Thus, I’m getting a lot out of it, and I hope to share more about it in the future.  Here’s a little taste from chapter 4:

 Our word fear doesn’t discriminate between threats that are present or future, real or perceived, but it usually says, “I am in danger.”  Anxiety and worry are less oriented to the present.  They say, ” I think there will be danger”; “Something or someone I love might be threatened in the future.”

Here is where adult imaginations show their mettle.  Imaginations are our ability to consider things that don’t presently exist.  Sometimes we call it vision.  A visionary is one who looks ahead and envisions the trajectory of a church, business, or individual life.  A talented visionary is one who can see future possibilities and persuade others of that future.  Visionaries are rarely right (at least in the details), tend to be optimistic, and are always confident [. . .]

Worriers are visionaries minus the optimism.  An experienced worrier can go for days leapfrogging from past to future and back again, never landing in the present.




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3 thoughts on “Wednesdays with Words: Running Scared by Edward T. Welch”

  1. I’ve heard good things of this author also. ‘Anxiety and worry are less oriented to the present. ‘ It’s crazy when you really consider this- how much it can derail us from living in the present. Great quotes.

  2. Thanks for joining in, Amy! I saw that you had posted as I was turning out the light last night.

    This is very good. I like the way he separates between fear and worry and helps me see the problems in worrying from a practical way … I assume he goes on to the spiritual problems too.

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