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Anxiety: A Huge Issue Today

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Anxiety Is A Huge Problem

I have so many young friends who are struggling with anxiety.

It’s like a crisis in our country right now.

Young and old are on meds or weed to try to silence the noise and bring a bit of calm to a tumultuous world.

We live in uncertain times.

The economy, relationships, anger, frustration….all at an all time high for some.

At times it feels like we are living from crisis to crisis will little time in-between to recover.

In my day anxiety was called worrying but it’s all the same thing.

The last few months I feel my anxiety metric on the rise.

For me the real impact is my sleep.

I toss and turn through the night hoping to doze off but sometimes it takes hours.

Last night I was asking God questions when this verse came to mind:

"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.”

When Kathy and I met a young service man at a bar in Darby the other night he asked us “What did you used to be anxious about when you were 22 years old?”

I smiled and said: “I worried that I’d never be successful and that I wouldn’t find a career path I liked.” He nodded his head.

Here it is 2022 and my anxiety centers more around not what I can do but what others do to me. Censorship from culture and government and the slow stripping away of our freedoms is what wakes me in the night. It’s not am I able to keep doing what I do but will the heavy hand of government keep making it more difficult.

So I go back to that verse “Do not be anxious about anything” and with thanksgiving remind myself that God is still in charge an as for me? I push on.

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For what it's worth, I think our tendency to anxiety and worry these days might also be rooted in "self" at the center of everything, rather than looking outside of "me". If we can look for ways to help someone else, even small ways - hold a door open for that other person, pick up a package or something that someone else has dropped and hand it back to them, give a quick and sincere "hello" accompanied by a smile, let that other person go ahead of you in line or in lane, etc. -- all of these things can help us get "out of me" and into a different place, one that makes me feel better. I also subscri…

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Good comment. Yep, no use worrying about tomorrow, as today has enough of its own. -

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