Is Your Anxiety Real?

I'm about to make a dangerous statement. 

I say it's dangerous because it's possible to completely miss the point of this post if you're too riled up.

Anxiety is real. It's so real. But Christians need to STOP using that as an excuse to live in fear and worry.

I don't make this statement as someone doesn't understand, but as someone who struggles with anxiety. I am not blind to the powerful affects of anxiety. It makes you want to shut yourself out, the panic attacks are scary and sudden, and the endless, dark thoughts are terrorizing. 

But it should never be an excuse. Nobody is born with anxiety. And it is possible to stop worrying. If you're using the "chemical imbalance" excuse to become passive about it, chances are you aren't understanding what it really means. Chemical imbalances means that overtime you/or your enviroment has wired you to be inclined to be anxious. Research it. It does not mean that there is nothing you can do about it. 

I've seen way too many incorrect posts about anxiety on facebook and I'm tired of it. Anxiety is the most common mental illness and it's on a rise. It seems that these days everyone has some sort of anxiety and we bond over it. We need to stop normalizing passive behavior about our anxiety. We need to stop making excuses to not seek God out in every circumstance.

Christians, please listen carefully:

If you're pitying yourself, you really need to stop. Yes, anxiety is horrible. But with that, we should be taking it to the Lord. We should be depending on Him to give us rest and take away our burdens. Why is that some Christians think certain things aren't okay, but think it's okay to live in fear and worry sometimes? 

Why do we make our own standards instead of looking at God's?

He clearly outlines what we should do:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
— John 14:27
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
— 2 Timothy 1:7
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
— Psalm 55:22

And these are only a couple of verses. Christians, I most especially commend you to live in the Strength of God and let your lives be a testimony of His greatness. This post isn't to say that we are perfect and everything will be all peachy, but to say that with all things we should seek God. For love, for peace, for comfort, for strength, for joy, etc. 

With love, Rebecca.