Monday, March 21, 2011

The reward of anxiety

Yesterday I taught a class on anxiety at Celebration.  Actually all month I'm teaching, "Dealing with anxiety God's way."   Today I'm going to share just a few things I said in the teaching  yesterday.

What is the reward that we get for anxiety?

ZERO!!!  

That's right, we get zero payoff for anxiety.

The bible indicates that worry only makes matters worse and anxiety is worthless.

 "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?"    Luke 12:25

Worry and anxiety don't add to our life, they subtract from it!!
  
This is the reality of anxiety:
 
An average person’s anxiety is focused on :
40% -- things that will never happen
30% -- things about the past that can’t be changed
12% -- things about criticism by others, mostly untrue
10% -- about health, which gets worse with stress
8% -- about real problems that will be faced

Even when dealing with the 8% of REAL problems, anxiety doesn't help you -- it hinders you and weakens  you in dealing with  your problem.

God wants us to turn ALL of our anxieties over to Him.  So many times we blame our upbringing, our heritage, or our gender...

"I can't help it -- I was raised by a mother who was always high strung and now I am too..."

"Hey, I'm spanish...what do you expect?"

"I'm a Mom.  All moms freak out and get worried about their kids...right?"

What does God say?

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