Winning Over Worry Part I
"A relaxed attitude lengthens a man's life."1
It's Monday morning. The weekend is over. The alarm clock blares out its hideous jangle and suddenly you are snapped into the world of reality. First comes the struggle to get out of bed, then the rush to get to school or work on time, and then comes the stress of trying to juggle all of your seemingly endless responsibilities throughout the day.
Is this how your week starts? And aren't these pressures mild compared to the ones you face as the day and week wear on?
We live in a world of ever-increasing stress and worry with school, work, family, financial, and social pressures. Not many people are free from worry of some kind. However, an overload of worry and anxiety are a major problem of contemporary society. In excessive amounts they can take years off your life.
Some people like to think that things don't bother them. "No problem," they say as they put on a brave front and reach for the aspirin or alcohol bottle to medicate the pain of their inner anxieties.
But it isn't possible to deaden inner anxiety. It will reveal itself in many ways. For instance, George withdraws when he is upset, hurt, or uptight. Susan talks endlessly to cover her anxiety. Bill chain smokes to avoid facing his. Harry attacks when he feels threatened. Jack dominates and Judy procrastinates. Dennis is a constant complainer. Joan is a compulsive eater, Fred a compulsive drinker, Tom a compulsive worker, and Frank a compulsive gambler—all because of inner unresolved worry and anxiety.
Anxiety may also express itself in a physical way. Abdominal pains, high blood pressure, a twitch, allergies, ulcers, nervous stomach, tension headaches—all have been named by doctors as symptoms of anxiety and worry.
Yes, sooner or later unresolved worry and anxiety will win out. When one fails to talk out his worries in healthy ways, he will act them out in unhealthy ways in one form or another.
To be continued …
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, if and when I am worried or afraid, please help me not to deny it or escape into over-busyness, procrastination, or any addictive or compulsive behavior, but face it square on, see the cause and lead me to the help I need to overcome and win over my worry. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Proverbs 14:30 (TLB)(NLT).