The following is an excerpt from the Christian-based book: Overcoming Anxiety, Worry And Fear by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz and Ann Mc Murray. If you suffer from any of the three, or a combination of, I highly recommend the book. It is a book I have referenced, recommended and gifted for the past three years. It is a great aid in learning how to overcome what ails the mind.
Don’t Give Up
The only way to ensure defeat is to give up, so don’t. Changing from a life devoted to anxieties, pessimism, and distrust to a life devoted to optimism, hope, and joy takes time and effort. It is a journey, a journey from the dark into the light. This journey is a familiar one that began on the very first day. Genesis 1:5 says, “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” This divine progression from evening to morning, from darkness to light, was recently pointed out to me. The world says that a day begins in the morning and ends at night—that we go from light into darkness every day. I guess, from the world’s point of view, that’s appropriate. God, however, turns this around. His design moves things from darkness to light, so a day starts in the evening but ends in the morning. I like that. Your life of fear, of darkness, is designed by God to move to a life of hope, of light. So don’t give up when things seem dark; you just haven’t reached God’s promised dawn yet. Keep moving, keep hoping, keep believing, keep choosing to trust and put your faith in God. As you do, you’ll begin to notice your world lightening around the edges with the emergence of a glorious morning. God is really good with glorious mornings. Think of a particular morning in the city of Jerusalem two thousand years ago. A woman named Mary went to a tomb, fully prepared to tend to a broken and lifeless body. God, however, had something else in the works. God, through his power, turned that death into life. What was deemed unstoppable, inevitable, an absolute fact of death, turned out not to be so. The black-and-white thinking of the world was proven wrong, again. The naysayers were wrong; the faithful were right. God is faithful. Be faithful yourself and keep allowing him to transform your doubts into faith, your fears into an opportunity to trust. Listen to God more than your fears. Keep turning down their volume every chance you get and turn up the voice of God. As I told you before, real change is possible; I see it all the time. I guess that’s another way of saying I see God all the time. He’s working in my life. I see him working in the lives of others. And I have faith he is able to work in yours.