“Don’t worry.” – Jesus
A constant reminder, it seems to me, where Jesus had to stick his head out of the window every now and then within the days of his life here on earth and remind us of what not to do; “don’t worry” that is. However, at times it seems that being in the midst of your usual churchgoers, it doesn’t necessarily exist. Perhaps, it does. Yet we’ve become so ashamed to share our faults with one another in fear of being shamed. Faults like, “I have an anxiety attack every now and then” or rather “consistently” or “I, too, feel depressed sometimes” or “I, too, have doubted before” is something that’s almost unconsciously, and ignorantly shamed.
“Just pray your way out” some will say. However, even in the midst of faith and prayer, action must also be supplicated and applied in order to overcome something. Jesus didn’t give us a mind, hands, legs, and feet, to just pray a mountain to move away alone. But rather, he gave us specific tools to put action forth in the midst of overcoming and conquering, and he gave us each other. To lift one another up, and restore each other after one has fallen and suffered faults, rather than digging one back into the ground much deeper, hiding the light of Christ away from his children.
It’s up to us to look out for one another, so today, I encourage you to genuinely begin to check up on your brothers and sisters in Christ, start coming together to share your inner feelings, and gracefully build one another up in love. Jesus wouldn’t have told us to not worry if there wasn’t any of us out there who’d worry, even if that means constantly. It’s time to help one another out, so that we may gain the courage and strength to help others. Although I no longer suffer from anxiety, I still have moments every now and then that try to sneak up on me like the sunset.
Lastly, remember, if any of you are suffering with anxiety, please know that everything is going to be alright. I may not know you, but I do know that you’re a soldier, and this battle is yours, you will win this. Jesus knew that you’d have worries, but he’s here to let you know, that he will be with you all the days of your life, to help take those worries away. The Comforter Is Here.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Phillippians 4:6-7