Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul by John Macarthur

Throughout my life, people have talked about how I always seem to be smiling. Those that know me really well are aware that’s not really the case. Underneath the smile is quite a bit of anxiety and cynicism. I do generally try to keep my smile on, remembering what I was told when I worked at McDonald’s as a teenager: “if you smile even when you’re having a bad day, eventually your mood will catch up.”

I picked this book a while back, and recently read it when I went through another period of feeling overwhelmed with life. Am I doing all I should to pursue the Lord? What can I do to be a better husband? A better father? Are we going to be okay financially? What should I be focused on in my professional life? How can I re-capture my motivation for physical fitness like I had a few years ago? These are some of the things that I find myself thinking about frequently. These are the kinds of things that make me feel anxious.

In John’s book, he reminds us how everything is in God’s hands. He wants the best for us. He commonly won’t give us more than we can handle, and if we put our trust in Him… it will all work out. And while it’s working out, we shouldn’t feel anxious. Like the title says, we should be anxious for nothing. I learned a few things as I read this book, and I’ve been able to put a couple things into practice. I still have a ways to go, but I’m getting there.

Here’s a few good excerpts from this book:

Worry paralyzes its victim, making him or her too upset to accomplish anything productive. It will seek to do that to you by taking you mentally into tomorrow until you find something to worry about. Refuse to go along for the ride. The Lord said you have enough to deal with today. Apply today’s resources to today’s needs or you will lose today’s joy.

Faith isn’t psychological self-hypnosis or wishful thinking, but a reasoned response to revealed truth. When we in faith embrace Christ as our Lord and Savior, our minds are transformed. The Holy Spirit is at work in us, renewing us; and we receive a new mind or way of thinking. Divine and supernatural thoughts inject our human thought patterns.

Remembering who God is and what He has done glorifies Him and strengthens our faith. To help you do that, read through the Psalms the next time you’re tempted to worry.

In true fellowship Christians don’t judge one another; they don’t bite and devour each other; they don’t provoke, envy, lie to one another, speak evil, or grumble about one another. Since true fellowship builds up, the godly will receive one another and be kind and tenderhearted toward one another. They will bear with and forgive one another, serve one another, practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another, correct, instruct, submit to one another, and comfort one another. That is the true fellowship of Christ’s body—life touching life to bring blessing and spiritual growth.

How do you handle anxiety in your life? What tips do you have for others?

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