Abandon anxiety and embrace enjoyment. Sometimes easier said than done. Even though we KNOW, in our heads, that allowing anxiety to overwhelm us is not a positive action, we are often in a weakened or vulnerable state, and just can’t help ourselves.
That’s when we have to make the effort to exercise faith, even one baby step at a time, and confront the mountain of anxiety and stress, and command it to leave! I imagine it as letting the air out of a tire or a balloon…eventually, to one degree or another, the anxiety will lessen, and we can once again embrace enjoyment of life.
Here is your inspiration for this Friday…
“Anxiety is caused by trying to mentally and emotionally
get into things that are not here yet
or that have already passed–
mentally leaving today
and getting into an area of the past or the future.
We need to be responsible,
but we also need to relax
and take things as they come
without getting all nervous and upset.
Learn to enjoy the good life God provided for you.
In spite of all the troubling things
going on in the world,
make this daily confession:
‘This is the day the Lord has made
and I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ ”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
I really like this saying about anxiety and must remember it, that anxiety is “mentally leaving today and getting into an area of the past or the future.”
We can’t change the past, and we can’t project ourselves into the future, so it really doesn’t do us any good to be anxious or worried about either one!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you experience anxious moments or actual anxiety attacks in your life?
Do you find it easy or challenging to abandon anxiety and embrace enjoyment of life?