Why? Why is there so much anxiety.
It's because wherever we look there's someone planting anxiety into our minds. The News on TV and radio. The articles in magazines. The programs on TV who pretend they are mirroring real life, yet seem to impart a stream of anxiety in the name of entertainment. The many stories we read on social media. The adverts even. They make you feel small, wanting and a failure unless you have and own this or that, or have a wonderful curvy figure like the model on the screen, or whatever else they are trying to entice you to buy.
Our minds are daily being assaulted with anxiety. No wonder many people worry about this and that and the other thing. Their well-being, their health, their loved ones, their finances and everything else there's to worry about.
Don't misunderstand me. I am not making light of anxiety. There are times in life when we all experience bad times and naturally we are fearful. It is a human emotion, and God knows too well about it, because He created us.
I am talking about unnecessary anxiety.
Let's look at it another way. If you want to lose weight one of the things you do is check WHAT you are eating and HOW MUCH. You keep a list of your input and discuss it with your health expert, doctor, dietician or whatever and decide which things you should have less off.
It's the same with anxiety. Why not keep a list of what has triggered your unhappiness. Your anxiety. Was it that news report? Something you read on social media? What was the input that perhaps you can cut out of your mental diet?
Years ago I was discussing the world's problems with a friend. And he said, you don't have to live in this world. Live in your own world as much as you can. When you read in the news of a world problem somewhere far away; consider ... how does it affect you personally right now? Very often, it doesn't. Can you really do something about it anyway or is it out of your hands? I guess he had a point.
We let anxiety take hold of us and cripple us if we let it enjoy room space in our mind. Our mind is our own. We should not let unwanted thoughts to make themselves comfortable therein.
When Jesus met people He said "Peace be with you". He did not say how's life with you? How you're doing? How's the business doing? He offered His peace freely to one and all.
I remember worrying about something recently. I was anxious and worrying for nothing. Out of the blue God solved it for me. Totally unexpected. I cannot give you details for privacy reasons. God took care of the situation in a way I could not have imagined.
When Jesus taught us about God He called Him "Our Father". He did not say, "Our Master" or "Our Leader ... Our boss ... Our King ..."
Like any loving and caring Father, God knows about our needs, our fears, our worries and anxieties. He takes care of them well before we even ask Him. He also takes care of them before they even become anxieties and worries.
All we need do is trust Him; like a child trusts His parents.
Sorry to preach so long. God bless.