Anxiety

I’ve got a confession to make. 

I’m tired.  Physically, mentally, spiritually; how many ways can you be tired?  And all of these lead to emotional fatigue.  It’s not a good place to be.

Seems to be a part of the human existence.  Inevitable.  Someone said the only sure things in this life are death and taxes.

Nope.  Not the only things.  We humans experience things that WILL happen if you’re breathing.  Living “under a rock”?  It’ll find you.  Think you’re an island, impervious to the trials and tribulations you see other people going through? 

That’s downright delusional.  The fact that we see other people living through these things should be proof enough.

I just read a book called “On Fire” by John O’Leary.  If you haven’t read it, you should.

It helped me remember some things.

I have a good friend who tells me, when I get tired and whiney, “WHY should it be easy for YOU??”  His name is Don.

That reality check usually brings my pity party to a screeching halt.

Another guy said “I have suffered, so will you.”  His name is Jesus.

Looking around me I realize things could be a whole lot worse.  A WHOLE lot worse.

So what do I have to complain about?

Weather?  Completely out of my control.  Political issues?  Completely out of my control.  What the media says about the President, Congress, foreign affairs, the pandemic?   Ditto.  Out of my control.  Getting old?  Yeah, right!! 

We are not called to worry.  And if we don’t worry, we don’t have anything to complain about.  And if we I spend less time worrying and complaining, maybe we I won’t get tired.

Paul said:

Philippians 2:
1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.

Philippians 3:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Myron