Try a thought experiment: Imagine not being afraid any more. Imagine facing financial difficulties or an irate boss with inner poise and resolve. Imagine receiving bad news and generating constructive ways to solve the problem rather than spiraling through the worst-case scenarios. Imagine facing rejection and obstacles without giving in to discouragement. Imagine acknowledging the mistakes you have made, moving confidently into the future. Imagine doing all of this with God as your partner and friend. Now imagine people around you coming to you when they are upset or discouraged because they find that your peace of mind is contagious.
The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace, and what you are imagining is your mind immersed in the Spirit’s flow. There is a phrase that wonderfully describes the role the Spirit wants to play in our minds: The Spirit is a non-anxious presence.
-- John Ortberg in “The Me I Want To Be”