I suffered anxiety for a lot of my early life. It was something that started in my early years and it just always seemed to be there. When anything stressful would happen I would begin to worry and fret. The only positive really was it used to send me into a cleaning frenzy!! However, the downside was too great…It would affect my sleep, I would be very short with those around me and it would cause me to overreact to any little thing when my anxiety level was high.
As a result of this I would complain about what those around me either weren’t doing or doing that was making things more difficult. I would get incredibly disappointed with those closest to me about things that were very insignificant. I would gripe and complain and really it never accomplished anything! I have learned there is a better way. When something happens that is uncomfortable or difficult, when someone comes into my life that is particularly challenging I tell God on them. 🙂 Even bringing the issue to Him helps to keep it in perspective. Most people behave badly because they feel badly inside or they harbor bitterness. It doesn’t justify it but it does make it more understandable. I am grateful that we have a high priest that we can turn to that forgives us and accepts us when we screw up. That fact alone helps me to be able to forgive others.
Though most of us spend years trying, we will NEVER be able to change anyone. It is through prayer and the moving of the Spirit that true change comes. Change that results in deep heart change. Next time you come across a situation or person that causes you to feel anxious, stop and pray. Tell Jesus on them!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”~ R. A. Torrey