Anxiety siphons our joy and makes us judgmental rather than accepting of others around us, so we become negative. We become negative when worry wins the battle. Inevitably we take our anxiety out on others. Worry works like bad cholesterol, hardening the arteries of our spiritual hearts and clogging the flow of love and grace toward people around us.
Anxiety is really another term for old-fashioned worry. Many people half-seriously refer to themselves as "worry-warts" when they bother with excessive details or try to prevent something negative from occurring by anticipating possible problems in advance. Even though these tendencies seem innocent and harmless, worry is actually a spiritual problem, one that GOD takes very seriously. Planning ahead is one thing.anxiety is something else.
When anxiety creeps in, filling our minds with fear, distraction, and bitterness, we must turn to the One who offers an unexplainable peace, Jesus Christ. Thankfully we're not alone in this struggle.
GOD did not design us to be anxious or uptight. Our physical system may suffer many consequences when anxiety is prolonged, but more importantly, we suffer in your spirit. Read carefully what Jesus said to the eager crowds as part of the Sermon on the Mount:
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:25-34
All of us at one time or another have worried about the basics of life. When most of our anxieties are reduced to their lowest terms, they all involve basic things in life. These basics include things like where we live, what food we buy, what clothes to wear, what friends we have, what others think about us. In all these concerns, the issue for those who trust Jesus as their Savior is one of assurance.
To put it personally, do you believe that you are the one in charge of your life, or do you acknowledge that GOD is the One not only directing but also providing along the way? Your answer to this question has everything to do with your anxiety level at any given time.
The central theme running through the fallacy of anxiety is that what others think about us is of such crucial importance that we must anticipate it in advance in all of our actions. We must do all we can in order to prevent others from thinking badly of us. Again, to put it personally, "it would be terrible if people knew just how lame I really am, wouldn't it"?