What a time of year it is! Children getting ready for school. Parents buying clothes, shoes, and school supplies! Department stores packed with people trying to get everything done and buying all kinds of items.
We all too often get caught up in the anxiety of it all. Anxiety is like an itch. Simply deciding we are not going to think about it, does not make it go away. It is a byproduct of human freedom.
Anxiety is almost a universal art form. It is cultivated by people of all generations and cultures. It does not matter how old you are; it does not matter what gender you are; it does not matter where you live; and what country you are from. Anxiety is universal. It is not limited to just one group of people.
If you are in a group of people that don't have much to live on, you are anxious about those things that might help you live. If you are hungry, you are worried about food and maybe shelter.
In my younger years I had anxiety. It seemed that I needed to move up the corporate ladder in order to take care of my family. The more I moved up, the more anxiety I had. It wasn't until I was in my 40's that I realize that God always provided what I needed at that moment (Yes, I was a slow learner). I lost my anxiousness about that time and just accepted the way that life was going, because this thing called church really was starting to move in my life BIG TIME.
My friends, there are opportunities for a better life and there is no solution to anxiety except - Jesus. Jesus knew the answer. Jesus knew that there was a cure for anxiety and it is Faith. Faith gets tested all the time, and no one is immune from it. Not even you, me or Jesus. Jesus was tested continually, but He was not anxious.
What I have found is that Faith in Jesus Christ awakens the spiritual awareness in our lives. Faith, allows us to see our lives in a new perspective. Faith allows us the ability to see that some of the things we are concerned about are not really all that important.
The relationship you have with your family; with your loved ones; with you friends; with your God and with Jesus Christ is what life is all about. Isn't that why we, you and I, attend church every Sunday? It is to get filled with the Spirit and to be filled with God's Word. As Christians, the Holy Spirit works in strange ways in us. The Holy Spirit is going to call attention to what you NEED to hear and think about. Faith is the gift that God has given us and there is no need to be anxious, because the followers of Jesus Christ should be the freest persons in the world.
God sent his son to die for us so that our sins are forgiven, and we might live forever in eternity. What a gift! God calls us to take up the Cross and follow Him. His promise is eternal life. We need only to follow, and He will lead the way. We must remain steadfast in our Faith. To be joyful in our ministry. To be at peace in all that we do. There is no anxiety to hold on to. To be helpful, hopeful for the future and to be loving in all of those around us. There is no need for anxiety to have a place within us.