Lets be honest, it’s awesome being full of anxiety. You get to obsess over a situation in your head a million times (giving the problem free rent in your mind), lose sleep and forget what’s really important. Not to mention the feeling of isolation and inability to function properly.
In the wordthatdoesnotexist, the book of notreally 24:74-75 says – At all times feed your anxious thoughts with hopelessness , so that darkness may overcome you. Stress as soon as you open your eyes each new day.
Said no one or book ever! Unfortunately there are many people who live as if all the above was true, and many Christians are included. For many years I allowed anxiety to control my life, and when I think back on the times I wasted giving in to it it’s the words of Jesus from the book of Matthew that stand out to me. “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to your life”?
What about you, how do you find yourself coping when anxiety wakes up and wants your attention? Do you have an intentional plan to help navigate through the chaos or do you think you can manage it all alone and end up looking like you have lost your marbles instead. For me my plan was to fight to the death. I could no longer hear anyone that attempted to help me or slow down long enough to seek God out.
I have been thinking heaps lately about how I manage in the middle of anxiety, and really want to encourage you to reflect on how you cope as well. In the end its not just about our own mental/spiritual health as followers of Christ, or how we appear to the people around us. Our participation in the process of sanctification is pretty important in our lives as new creations in Christ. Seeing the promises of scripture come alive when we walk by faith is always amazing and we can trust that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ.
Philippians 4:6-7 (msg) – Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any awesome stories about how you have prayed instead of being worried and God has spoken into your situation, then please leave a comment.