Anxiety is TOTALLY Irrational

Mar 4, 2015 by

Anxiety is TOTALLY Irrational

www.lovetheeveryday.com | Cast your cares on the Lord. When I was about 15, I mentioned to my youth group leader that I regularly felt anxious. His response sorta shattered my soul for a while. I was a timid kid in my early adolescence, it took me a long time to come out of my shell, and he basically told me I was a bad Christian for feeling this way. His exact words are lost somewhere in my memory, but the general idea was that “Good Christians, who rely on God, never feel depressed or worried.” For years after that I was reluctant to admit that I might have a problem, I didn’t talk about it, and simply suffered in silence. I felt judged and misled. How could I call myself a Christian if God didn’t help me through my anxious thoughts?

I think that mental illness is one of those things that well-meaning Christians get terribly… Click To Tweet

I left the church that night feeling like if only I had “enough faith” I would feel better. Those thoughts sprouted others like: “Feeling like this is a sin?” and “There’s something seriously wrong with me” and worse yet, “Other Christians never feel like this.” We know that Satan uses all avenues to attack Christians, and he definitely used these feelings to exploit my weaknesses. I kept these thoughts to myself and became very good at hiding the signs and symptoms. Even so far as, it became hard for even me to recognize and pin point the moments that caused my anxiety to surface.

Since then, when I’ve had opportunity to open up and describe my battles with anxiety to other Christians and friends they are usually surprised.

I get a lot of “But, you’re happy all the time” and “You don’t look depressed”. There’s a weird stigma attached to mental illnesses and I don’t fit neatly into the box that people believe I should.

What I struggle to remember is that anxiety is totally irrational. Click To Tweet

There is no one-size-fits-all definition. I do know that I am not weak, or a bad Christian. Worrying about things is a normal part of life, and we are not meant to face the scary parts of life on our own.
Being someone who struggles with anxiety and who also is a Christian has caused me to look at life differently and to consider the concept of grace. I am regularly filled with thankfulness for a God who still hasn’t given up on me.

Be still and know that I am God: Overcoming Anxiety | www.lovetheeveryday.com

2 Comments

  1. Always so grateful that He doesn’t give up on me. There are always more for us to learn about His love and grace, and more ways for Him to transform us.
    Blessings to you, sweet friend. xoxo

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