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Conquering Anxiety

I am a person who does not like change. I like to “hunker down” and find my place and plant my roots deep. I typically eat the same meal when I go to restaurants, buy the same style of clothing, drink the same Black Coffee, Watch the same type of shows, listen to the same genre of music. I’ve only lived in 2 homes my entire adult life, I’ve been married 36 years, and I’ve worked at the same company for 15 years. Yep…I’m a pretty predictable guy.

 

With this said you can imagine how up-rooted I feel with this Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across our country and taking my predictable existence and shutting it down. I find that with all the new guidelines in place I really do feel like a fish out of water sometime. I appreciate that we live in a time where I can work from home, but I also find myself really missing the structure that goes into my normal work week. I miss the faces of other people and being able to come and go as I please. I miss the freedom to come and go from my home whenever I want. Something as simple as going to the grocery store used to take less than an hour, now it’s a four hour ordeal just to go out and find everything you need then bring it back and have to sanitize everything you bought before you bring it into your house.

I know that this too shall pass, and we will be back to normal soon, but this is Crazy!

 

I am SO very grateful for everyone on the frontlines who are working so hard to get a grip on this and keep our lives on track as we go through this. I also appreciate the company that I work for and how they are doing everything they can to keep us safe yet giving us the opportunity to continue to work and provide for our families. This brings me hope!

I am however Human. Because of that I find myself many times (especially when alone) just letting all of the thoughts of this run through my head. When I let that happen, I can let my imagination run wild and anxiety sets in and I’m back to focusing on how I want to be stable and in control of something that none of us can control right now. I know that many will go take a walk to clear their minds, or exercise, listen to music, and the list goes on…I do these things as well.

But there is something that has really helped me more than anything to calm my worry and that is reading God’s Word and Prayer. I’m not trying to open anything up for a religious debate or try to compare what I believe to anyone else…just sharing what has helped me. For those who would continue to read, here is a passage that has really brought peace during this time.

 

It comes from Luke 12: 22-31

 

 22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[c] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[d] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[e] kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

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