food for thought
Originally posted on talkkindnesstome:
We all seek peace. We want peace in the world, peace in our communities, peace in our relationships and peace for our own hearts. How can we have peace when we’re suffocating under anxiety? Where can we find this peace that’s so elusive? Here’s a clue. It doesn’t come from within, if our spirits are overwhelmed by “What if …” producing anxiety. Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” If you’ve been reading this blog for very long you’ll recognize this mantra: If you get the inside right, the rest will take care of itself. As it turns out, that’s a true statement. Go back and let Proverbs 12:25 sink in a little bit.
Today’s Escaping Anxiety tip is a simple one. Protect the first part of your day; protect the last part of your day. When you jump out of bed in the morning, or even if your jump is more like removing tar from the sole of your shoe, you can protect the beginning of your day. Think about how your day begins. Do your feet hit the floor and your next action is to turn on the news? Really? Why? The world will continue to churn whether you stand by and watch it the first thing in the morning or not. Protect your morning – at least the first half hour. Instead, peace seeker friend, feed your spirit the light of the world. Psalms 63:1 “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” During the day, there will be time to catch up on the news. Trust me on that.
I have a friend who was being treated for depression. Over the course of a few months it became apparent to me that being addicted to watching the news was contributing to deep despair, anxiety and depression. If this describes you, Stop! Stop it! There is nothing good happening in the news today. The Center for Disease Control says this “Depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population. It has been estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world, trailing only ischemic heart disease.“