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Consider the Lilies
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"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life….Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet, I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these"
(Matthew 6:25-29).

If you’re an anxious person, you likely feel jittery when routine is broken. Your sensation of being on edge and suffering muscle tension results in more fatigue, so you go to bed early. But after a few hours, you awaken and can’t get back to sleep. Then you start worrying about not getting enough sleep and having to get up at 6:00 a.m. You drag yourself out of bed and, since you’re still tired, you fumble, breaking something expensive, and you burst into tears. Then you begin hunting for your shopping list that someone has moved—and you can’t find your keys. In 30 minutes you’re due at your part-time job, where your supervisor recently complained, “If you can’t move faster and quit obsessing over these stock labels, I’ll have to put you back in.” (He may as well have said Siberia in January.) Why can’t you calm down? You’re so anxious there is a good possibility you’ll lose your job, the respect of your coworkers, and your savings. You go to bed worrying about that.

What can you do to stop the downward spiral of depression? How can you get through daily tasks and relationships when you are constantly tense, anxious, having panic attacks, or experiencing obsessive and compulsive symptoms?

Not Able to Beat Blues by Yourself

It’s best to realize that these conditions may not be controllable by will power, organization, scripture, and prayer alone. It could be a tendency you’ve inherited. You may not be able to beat the blues by yourself—you may need professional intervention. If a physician suggests you take some medication, be sure to ask what your diagnosis is, how long it’s anticipated you’ll need the antidepressant—and then do your own research. It may be something you’ll need all your life.

In addition, I’d suggest this prescription (it’s totally safe—and it’s free!): Read Matthew 6:25-34. Reflect on yourself as a lily. Imagine yourself in God’s hands, with gentle rain softly touching your face. Recall that you, as God said, are worth so much more than a lily. Take a deep, slow breath; release it slowly, close your eyes, and softly say, “I am worth far more than a lily; God will be with me.” Meditate on a similar Bible promise every day, and believe that, regardless of your human hereditary weaknesses, God loves you without reservation.

Jesus, the next time I start to worry I will remember what You said about my value.

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By Thais Thrasher. Excerpted from Fit Forever, compiled by Kay Kuzma, copyright © 2005 by Review & Herald Publishing. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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