I remember boarding an airplane in the middle of a raging storm; dark clouds, pouring rain, thunder and lightning…all the things storms are made up of. I was very anxious. Once the plane reached its cruising altitude there was nothing but bright sunshine amid the clouds. It was very calming.
For those who are feeling anxious about our world today to the point of being almost hyper there is one thing to remember in all this unforeseen darkness…look up, calm down and realize the bright side is still there even if we cannot see it. Happy Saturday.
Although the world looks dark at the moment with all the closures, social distancing, dying, frustration, anxiety, etc., when I think of my family and friends and the closeness we can still share via social media it brings a smile to my face and hope to my heart. This little image is for all of you who light up my life.
Bad temper is a barrier to relationships but you have a right to be angry, nasty, miserable, whatever. Does that make it right?
You have a right to be depressed. You also have the right to overcome it.
You have a right to be negative. But why would you want to be?
You have a right to be positive.
You have a right to be free from anxiety.
You have a right to be even tempered and placid.
Know your rights.
There are those who have a difficult time believing in God. There are those who simply do not believe in God. There are some who want to believe but are hesitant for reasons of their own.
We have all heard that if you want something you simply ask. Even scripture tells us: “You do not have because you do not ask God” (James 4:2)
Mark tells us that a father whose son had suffered from demon possession went to Jesus for help, saying, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus answered, “If you can? Everything is possible for him who believes.” The anxious father then told Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
How many of us need to make that plea: “Help me to overcome.”
Here are a couple of jottings I picked up from a calendar while waiting for my sample book at the print shop. Interesting…
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. Mark Twain
The question isn’t “Who is going to let me?” it’s “Who is going to stop me?” Ayn Rand
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. George Addair
And On Anxiety:
Quote on anxiety: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
Quote on anxiety: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Quote on anxiety: “It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.”
Today’s blog comes from part of Matthew Ruttan’s post on suffering. This is only a snippet:
There is a lot of suffering in the world. There is personal anguish and anxiety. There is family and relationship stress. There is oppression and violence and war.
None of this surprises me because we live in a broken world. But it bothers me. It bothers me because it’s not what God intended.
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Make no mistake about it. Our world is us…we the people. So what about us is influencing the marked increase in anxiety among our young, mid-age, and elderly?
Some say it is the food we eat, the meds we take, the air we breathe, the games we play, a synapse malfunction…and a myriad of other reasons. Granted, some of these may be responsible but why not look into ourselves? Could there be a connection to the way we treat others, to the way we tune out the conversations that make us uncomfortable, to the way we handle our differences, to the way we exhibit aggressive behavior with the excuse that ‘that’s just the way I am’? All this and more is seen in families, business, the coach’s bench, schools, churches…you name it.
Anxiety is not only a modern day problem. It existed two thousand years ago and even longer. It existed in the Garden of Eden. But that’s not to say that it can’t be overcome. A change of attitude on the part of ourselves and the people we share the world with would be a good first step. Asking ourselves if we could be a contributing factor to our own or someone else’s anxiety and then making a move to do something about it would be a good second step.
I feel that like cancer and other debilitating diseases we deal with on a daily basis, we must continue to look for ways to eradicate this mind-numbing, body-stiffening, nausea-producing ailment before it eradicates us as a humanity.
I, for one, am praying for healing of the afflicted and know that with our own awareness and God’s help, they will be restored. There is a way…let’s find it.
There seems to be an abundance of anxiety in our society today, taking away our right to contentment and happiness. Here are a few scriptures to help combat this unfortunate state of mind. I hope they will help to bring you a happy Sunday.
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
It’s Sunday…take time to RSVP this invitation of Jesus. Take time to stop, to unwind, to languish in the luxury of complete rest and relaxation and renewal.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
“Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)
Yes, be still; it’s Sunday…a day of rest.