Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength. Charles Spurgeon
Nothing in the affairs of man is worthy of great anxiety. Plato
We suffer more in imagination than in reality. Seneca
Anxiety is largely the same as worry, dread and apprehension. It causes stress and uneasiness. It means that we are insecure and it adversely affects our ability to function in a healthy manner. We become anxious when we are fearful, uncertain or doubtful about the course of our lives.
It is caused by a lack of confidence and faith. It is a form of bondage. We are shackled by worrying, dread and fear. These things rob vitality and can cause us to become ill and even incapacitated. Many things we can be anxious about are beyond our control; no matter how much we worry, we do not affect the outcome.
Such things as world events, the weather, political races, and even which team will win the football game, are some of the things we get so caught up in that we adversely affect our health and well-being. It is rather ridiculous that we allow ourselves to become so enslaved to things that are outside our control. Other examples of anxiety causing situations might include such things as purchasing a new car, job interviews, first dates, and doctor and dental appointments. Even children get anxious with such things as tests, physical appearance, social acceptance and self-consciousness. Our world has serious problems with anxiety. The pharmaceutical industry prospers as a result of this problem. Allowing ourselves to suffer at the hands of anxiety is irrational and illogical. What does it matter who wins the football game, what can you do about the weather, worrying about any upcoming event is counterproductive.
How do we deal with anxiety? The easy answer is to have control over worry, especially over things we do not control. Much of what we worry about never happens. Whatever is going to happen will happen. We can only deal with the outcomes afterwards, not beforehand. For things that require preparation, we prepare the best we can; then we patiently and confidently wait for the results. In the game of poker, it is ludicrous to worry about the hand of cards before you get it. You make the most of your cards after they are dealt to you. We can do little about the future before it happens. We must deal with the present in a cool, calm and collected manner. We will save a lot of time, effort, and anxiety; dealing with things afterwards than by needlessly worrying beforehand.
Challenge: Is anxiety a problem for you? What things cause you to become anxious? Learn to recognize the conditions and circumstances. Think rationally and logically. Other than being prepared; there is no need to churn, burn nervous energy or become a basket case over something you have little or no control over. Empower your faith and confidence. Do the best you can. Deal with circumstances after they happen, not beforehand.
Wisdom: Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. Arthur S Roche
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds… Philippians 4:6-7
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24
The Bible admonishes us against being anxious. God desires a relationship with us where we have sufficient confidence and faith that these undesirables do not have power over us. The Bible is full of promises encouraging us not to worry. Everything associated with anxiety, worry, fear, and doubt should increasingly disappear from our lives the more we believe in and trust God. He promises us that we can conquer these things.
Prayer: Help me to replace worry and anxiety with faith, hope, and peace and most importantly love.