“So please, stop telling us to smile when we don’t know how. Stop telling us to turn on upbeat music and choose to be happy. Stop telling us that we have nothing to worry about, when that is all we know how to do. Stop judging how we feel, when you have idea what we are going through.” From https://mygreatminds.com/anxiety-not-choice-please-stop-telling-us-chill/
People who are dealing with anxiety and depression need compassion, not judgment. I spend a lot of time in prayer for family and friends who are experiencing these often debilitating mental health challenges. As a Christian, I seek to show Christ’s love to others who struggle with them so I pray for those opportunities, as well.
While Jesus ministered on earth he never said, “Chill Out.” He looked lovingly at hurting people and gave them hope that he is with them. He knew it would not be easy for them to refrain from worrying.
The resurrected Christ wants his children to find hope in him. He didn’t say this happens by snapping one’s fingers. It takes moment by moment grace and constant meditation on his promises.
Anything that draws us to the great Physician is a blessing to one’s soul and is being used to make us more like Christ. We may not experience complete healing on this side of heaven, but we are able to have a deep, loving relationship with the Divine Source of all good.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6:26-27)
People with chronic anxiety and depression need to fully understand their immense value in the sight of God; they are highly cherished by their Creator. Other followers of Christ can demonstrate God’s love and care towards them by not being flippant with their feelings.
Here are a few helpful resources for Christians who may be suffering from anxiety:
- “Thinking Through Anxiety: A Brief Christian Look” by J. Ryan Davidson
- Neuroptimal Neurofeedback Brain Training (for anyone, not necessarily just Christians)
- My Facebook group-Meditation on Scripture: Meditative Walks with God
My prayer for those of us who struggle with anxiety and depression is that God’s Spirit will fill us with peace and we will find rest being in Christ. No matter what people say or how we are mistreated, we can forgive and move forward in faith knowing we are safe and secure in our Father’s hands.
May we face each day in confidence dwelling on the God of hope!
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Sprightly yours in Christ,