March 28, 2016

1 Cure for Anxiety

Here, just a minute, I can’t worry about writing a blog post right now.  I have to consider these things:

  • Fussing about my chronic medical condition
  • Writing that article for a friend’s blog
  • Getting my kids motivated
  • Reading that friend’s book
  • Cleaning the bathrooms
  • Grocery shopping and delivering paperwork

Believe me, those are enough to worry about. However, I have only given you a partial list. The full list would take up pages. It doesn’t take even take into account the momentary, unexpected setbacks that affect all of us.

The Culture of Anxiety

Life moves so fast these days. It’s hard to stay focused. I know I’m not the only person who walks into a room and, seconds later, forgets my purpose. It’s also not uncommon to speak or write something, and then lose the train of thought.

We live in a culture of constant change and movement. In other words, we abide in a state of commotion. There’s no getting around it. Many of us deal with multiple challenges at a time.

Hold on! Maybe I should have used that other idea I had for an article. There was the one about…

Should I eat tuna or bologna for lunch?

(You think I’m kidding? How many things are you thinking about as you read this? Be honest!)

What are distractions?

Anything that disrupts our routine or keeps us from fulfillment can be considered an unwanted disturbance. Some are hazardous; some are merely a nuisance:
  • Texting while driving
  • Delays on the road
  • Illness
  • Equipment malfunction and failure
  • Relationship crisis
  • Career predicament

A Practical Analogy

A friend related to me a practical illustration of diversion. She learned it in her church’s ladies’ group meeting:

Two ladies held a rope tautly at about chest height. A blindfolded woman had to walk from one end of the rope to the other. Her job was to keep hold of the rope even though the other attendees simultaneously called out urgently for her attention. She succeeded.

What is the Solution?

Pain happens. We get distressed by the many roadblocks life throws at all of us.  In the same manner as the woman in the example above, we must not stray from the course.  Our first priority is to hold on to what we know is truth and remain strong-minded through the many temporary tempests life holds.

Luke, chapter 8, tells the story of Jesus and the disciples sailing on the Sea of Galilee. A sudden storm arose. The disciples panicked. All they were aware of was the fleeting storm. They felt powerless knowing that Injury, even death, was possible.

What about Jesus? He was sleeping! He knew the trouble wouldn’t last forever. He knew they would get to the shore, no matter how much they had to fight to get there.

“The disciples went and woke him, saying ‘Master, master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. And he said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’…”—Luke 8:24-25

My Conclusion

It’s not easy to stay calm when each one of us is faced with all sorts of roadblocks. The sources for stress and anxiety have multiplied in recent generations. Yet, we can train ourselves to remain calm by remembering that “this too shall pass.”; our victory is on the way.

How do you look beyond the momentary storms?

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