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Pastor of Griggs in Greenville, SC. I write about the gospel, the church, and the soul. 

Anxiety for Good

Anxiety for Good

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Anxiety seems so pointless. 

Many times, we can objectively tell our anxiety is unnecessary but we are still subject to feeling it. Maybe you feel that if you didn't have anxiety you'd finally be able to engage a life full of meaning and purpose. 

What if your anxiety is full of meaning and purpose? Have you ever wondered if your bad anxiety has been given to you for a good reason? Could there be any redemption because of your struggle with anxiety? 

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he alsopredestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers."

Romans 8:28-29

Instead of just wishing it would end, wish to get some good from your struggle (this applies to any struggle). That "good" of course is defined in Romans 8:29 as something that pushes you to Christ-likeness. 

Anxiety tethers you to God

Like Jesus who woke up early in the morning to spend time in prayer, you likely pray all the time due to your anxiety. Perhaps this is all you pray about. Your anxiety is your continual reminder and reason to walk with God. I'm not saying that's a whole lot of fun but at least you're doing what you were designed to do - have a relationship with God. 

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” - Charles Spurgeon

Learn to do the same. 

Anxiety tethers you to humility

Jesus humbly accepted his role as a Galilean carpenter fighting for those who were suffering. Anxiety keeps us humble. Generally speaking, humble people are kind people, ready to hear those who are suffering. I truly have found that, in my experience, anxious people are quicker to be friendly than their over-confident counterparts. Who knows how cold and distant we would be if we were full of pride! Would we lack understanding? Empathy? Mercy? 

Anxiety tethers you to contribution

Jesus suffered death, he now puts at peace those who are afraid of death. He rose again and taught that any who believed in him would one day rise again. 

Whatever we suffer through is like a pathway. At the end of that pathway is a platform. When we get through suffering we then get to stand on that platform and preach grace to others we see coming down the same road of suffering we once walked. Whatever we suffer with, we eventually gain a contribution to make to others. You aren't just anxious, you're a future counselor!

I am not saying we should stay stuck or wallow in anxiety. I'm saying we shouldn't view it as pointless. We should view it with an eye of redemption. It is part of the all in "we know that for those who love God ALL things work together for good."

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