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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AGAIN

By November 18, 2012 courage, hope 4 Comments

By Mohan Karulkar:

Will anyone show up?  Will it be a failure?  Will everyone desert me?

Living under the shadow of anxiety is exhausting. Quadruple-checking all your plans.  Setting alarms on 4 devices. Calling your volunteers multiple times.  Saving your presentation in 6 different places.  Yet still losing sleep over a missed detail or possible betrayal.

On the outside, you look responsible.  You have great attention to detail.  You’re goal-oriented.  You’re always on the ball.  But on the inside, you’re too busy worrying to enjoy anything you’re involved in.

And while your worst fears never come true, you repeat the cycle of anxiety over and over anyway.  You give in to your fears, and assume that it’s the only way you’ll ever get anything done.  You give up on others, and watch the faith you’ve clung so hard to start to fade away.

I’ve been there.  It sucks.

But today is No Quit Monday, and I’m here to tell you that today can be the day you begin to stop giving in to anxiety.  It can be the day you begin to face the future with confidence. The day you throw the doors wide open on your secret worries and fears. The day you start believing in yourself again, because you were fearfully and wonderfully made.

It’s easier said than done, I know. But it can be done.  Talk through it, pray through it, and fight through it.  You’re not alone, and we’re standing with you.

Share your story below, and declare today your No Quit Monday.

4 Comments

  • Amber says:

    For me, that day was yesterday. I’ve been dragging my anxiety and depression everywhere for months and pretending everything was ok. I’ve been trying every day to “let go and let God” but it seems to be one step forward, one step back. Yesterday, in church, when Anthony asked if anyone had a need for prayer, my hand shot up of it’s own volition. We prayed, and we cried, and I felt myself, for the first time, start to let go. I know everything might not change over night but I feel so much lighter today. And the one time I noticed myself feeling anxious (ONE TIME! can you believe it?!?!) I stopped what I was doing and, out loud so I couldn’t hold it in anymore, told God I was worried about it, told Him why it was silly to worry about it, and asked him to take the worry away. I see a lot of days of talking to myself out loud in my future but I also see a much brighter future today than I did yesterday. Thanks Dr. Mo. You made me realize last week that I am not the only one who feels anxious all the time and that being afraid to admit it is just one more thing to worried about. I am so thankful for you.

  • mohan37 says:

    I’m thankful for you too Amber :) Anxiety is all about not being able to let go, which is my weak point as well. But when we do, the worst never happens, and God always comes through. I’ve seen that over and over again in the last year.

  • freddie says:

    awesome. so cool that God takes our little things, our big things…he makes us like.him and less like ourself. proud of amber, and rooting for you!

  • T says:

    Thank you so much for this post.

    In the past few years used to have crippling anxiety, especially where interviews/the future/etc was concerned. This year I began bringing this to the Lord. I find strength in the bible, particularly Psalm 91. I pray and trust and I know that God is just relieving this anxiety but He is also rebuilding my faith, confidence and hope to face difficult and uncomfortable. Like the Bible says you ARE fearfully and wonderfully made and the LORD is your ROCK. Just trust in that. Thanks be to God Almighty

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