Response to blog – Irrational Fears « The Other Courtney
A response to and addendum about anxieties and the effect they have on Christians.
I think most people have fears, some that are indeed irrational. Yet, we do fear because we cannot know the future. Plans and expectations are thwarted without warning. A nonlinear event can toss us upside down. It seems to me that many are fearful because of the huge amount of daily input we get in all of the various media. I have noted in my own life that the information overload is both overt and subtle. From the daily tweets to email to news reports to entertainment, drama reigns supreme and we gravitate to it. To much input clouds rational thought.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I think the solution to help bring stability each day is to unplug from the grid. Secondly, limit the information that is forced upon you. Thirdly, practice the biblical approach and think on the things that are wholesome, good, and pure. It makes no sense to pray and meditate on these things only to also volunteer your time to watching and reading about things which are contrary to God. I have noted that I do this myself. I will spend time with God in part of the day but will also spend more time allowing the agendas and other worldviews to saturate my mind with things that are very contrary to him.
I watched a few episodes of The X Files followed by Prometheus (not recommended without also focusing on the content as it is decidedly atheistic and materialist in its worldview) yesterday only to find my thinking about God’s direction and leading today to be somewhat obscured. It is hard to hear his voice when I willingly turn away. I am speaking about the principle of the whole matter. In short, we are what we stuff ourselves with. Anxieties can be minimized by the application of Godly meditation. Furthermore, the struggle against worry and anxiety is something that must be proactively pursued. The author of the blog referenced here has some good points. I think the complete resolution is found in God himself and how much of ourselves we allow to be immersed in him.