"We suffer more in imagination than in reality."Seneca
On Anxiety
2018-03-04
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This weekend I attended a conference about anxiety disorders. Knowing how difficult, painful and extreme peoples circumstances and experiences are... makes me feel woefully inadequate to share any insight. That said, I'd like to take the risk. :-)

Sometimes anxiety floods us about the future, our loved ones, ourselves, making mistakes, the world, and on and on. The anxiety and uncertainty that we feel can pick us to pieces and leave us paralyzed in a depression. It can cause one to avoid and hide from all things uncomfortable and as a result, make a nice comfortable prison of stagnation. For religious people, it often comes with anxiety about our salvation, their faith or about God.

Here is the truth... There is a risk. Your anxieties could be "right". The end could come tomorrow. You could lose your job. You could get terminally ill. I could be broken and hell bound. But...

They could also be wrong. If we want to get into the probabilities of it most of our fears are terribly unlikely; it's that room for the possibility that drives our minds to make us feel safe. Accept the possibility and the monster that is your fear will be much smaller than you can now imagine. Hard to tell if you've always been running from it just how big that fear is.

Is there a risk? Of course, there is. Take the risk of believing you are more resilient than anything that could happen to you. Take the risk of believing there is a God that is so good, so kind, so loving, so merciful, so eager to share His joy with you that maybe you don't need to be so paralyzed by your fear of being perfect. That whatever your problems you and God are bigger. Could I be wrong? Absolutely. It's a risk that seems utterly more dangerous not to take. Dare to believe in your resilience and dare to believe in Him.