Recently I have been troubled with a lot of anxiety. Anxiety over the future, anxiety over my present circumstances, anxiety about the people around me, anxiety about who I am as an individual, and anxiety that simply comes from being overwhelmed. This anxiety has been very overbearing recently and causing me to ask a lot of questions. Whether I am asking if people truly love me, or asking if something is wrong with me, I usually have to stop and try to change my thinking. Sometimes this helps, however, I never seem to speak truths to myself. I know that God loves me and that I am his masterpiece but rarely do I ground my roots in that knowledge and let my life produce fruit from its meaning. When Jesus said ” It is by grace you have been saved” he did not mean I am giving you this gift of redemption, however, I am still watching you and judging every single mistake you make. He meant, your actions or thoughts or achievements, WILL NOT SAVE YOU, only I can save you…so for heavens sake (literally), Just Let Me. By trying to earn our way into heaven we will just end up tattered and weary unless we allow Jesus to constantly breath truth into our lives.
As I am still learning about Truth and its power I have tried to remind myself some of the truths of anxiety and what God does to those with a weary and tired heart.
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint.”
-This reminds me of Remember the Titans and how Rev preached to his friends the importance of trusting in God and staying strong in him. Life always seems to relate to Remember the Titans…Doesn’t it?
Take a look for yourself.
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
- 1 Peter 5:6-9