How easily Fear and Worry rob us of The Life God wants for us! How quickly despair and anxiety can eat massive chunks out of our sense of wellbeing.
“Peace does not come because you finally have control over your life; peace comes when you no longer need control.” (ER McManus)
I’m re-reading Erwin R McManus’s masterpiece ‘The Way of The Warrior, a tonic for our toxic, fear and anxiety ridden, worry inducing world. Described as ‘An Ancient Path to Inner Peace’ Erwin points us to God-Guru Jesus, Master of mindfulness and life in all its fulness.
“We struggle with envy because we want the life that isn’t ours.
We struggle with greed because we want to possess what is not ours to have.
We struggle with feelings of insignificance because we have made our worth dependent on the opinions of others.
We struggle with identity because we don’t know who we are outside of what we do.
We struggle with loneliness because we are searching for love rather than giving it.
We will never know peace as long as we are slaves to external forces of the world and create our identities from the outside in. We will never know peace if we lose the present because we are trapped in the past and paralyzed by the future. This is in no small part why we live in a culture crippled by depression and anxiety. Depression is rooted in your past; anxiety is rooted in your imagined future.
Depression is how your soul processes regret; anxiety is how your soul processes fear.
Depression traps you in your worst and most painful memories; anxiety imagines your worst and most painful future.
You lose the present when you hide from your past and run from your future. Depression and anxiety convince you that the past is your future and so the future must be avoided at all costs.”
Bible points us to peace provided for the person who welcomes Jesus as Saviour and Lord, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.”(Philippians 4:6-7 / MSG)
The way to be anxious about nothing is to stop trying to ‘Play God’ and allow Jesus to be The True God Who Loves and wants the Best for you, trusting Jesus in and with everything, especially when the opposite seems true. Shalom! Peace be with, in and through you my friends!