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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Oh, Anxiety


It's something that, at one point or another, controls all of us. We become worried. Perhaps it's justifiable. Maybe it's even nonsensical (if we can be that honest with ourselves). Whatever it is, when it hits, it can immobilize us.

My Pastor spoke on anxiety today at church. I tuned in and really listened to what he was saying because I've suffered from anxiety in my life. OK. Allow me to correct that. I suffer (present tense) from anxiety. I worry about the strangest things sometimes. At other times, I feel like my worry is rightfully so. Even in those times, it doesn't get me anywhere.

He had a series of great points in his message but what stood out the most was his point on pride. Anxiety can overcome us...especially in times of need. But could it be our pride that is standing in the way of getting the answer to our concern? Needs should be shared with others. We humans were made for community not isolation. But if there are things we need, be it emotional, spiritual, or physical, we should share that with the people in our lives. THEY may be the ones God wants to use to help answer that need for us.

I wondered to myself, how many times have I told myself "I just have to get through this." and left it at that. There have been many times in my life, even recently, when I forced myself to deal with whatever my issue was on my own. Alone.

I became so frustrated too. I would pray out loud "God, don't you HEAR ME?". I would cry and sob while telling myself the answer is on its way. However, I would also live my life lying to others. If someone asked how I was doing, I would say "Great!". Could that person have been the one I was sent to help me solve my issue? Well, I'll never know.

I do know now, though, that I don't want to live that way anymore.

Anxiety, worry, and isolation have got to go. I've got to get out of my own way and let things go.


I mean, I have to really let things go. I can't just tell myself I'm going to do it.

Anyway, all of my pondering on my anxieties and what I need to do with them made me think of this one song. I've heard it a handful of times but I feel like I can't hear it enough. So, I'll end this by posting a video. It may be encouraging to you too!

Be blessed!



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