I have been there many times. I am sure that you have been there as well— it is getting later and later but you cannot seem to fall asleep. Every single worry that you have seems to have multiplied. Your mind will not shut down, and you just lie there, staring at the ceiling. You have to be at work early the next morning, but it is morning by the time you finally doze off. So, on just a few hours of restless sleep you rush off to your job. You cannot think straight because the things that kept you awake are still there, and the exhaustion just compounds the problem. You suffer, your family suffers, and your employer suffers when you find yourself in that state. Unfortunately, far too many people are in that state.
I believe there are a few things that one can do when they do not know what to do that will help them deal with the many anxieties we all have in life. I haven’t always done these things. But, I am implementing them more and more. What a difference they are making in my life. I am sure they will in your life as well.
1.Read God’s Word I have discovered that no matter what happens to be troubling me, if I will just open my Bible and spend some time reading and meditating on what I find there, I will soon feel a swelling up of joy inside of me that no words I could ever find could accurately describe. One of the more interesting things is how I can read a verse that I may have read many times before, but in that very moment that I need help, God reveals a new message I never received before.
2.Focus on others What if, instead of lying there at night, tossing and turning until the sun rises, we were to think about the people we know who are also going through trials. What if, during our hectic, stressed-out moments, we stopped thinking about our own problems, and instead got down on our knees and talked to God, telling him about our brother’s and sister’s in Christ who are facing mountains they cannot climb. It is very difficult to focus on our troubles if we are focused on others.
3.Praise God for His blessings It does not matter if you are broke, living paycheck to paycheck. It does not matter if your car needs to spend some time in a garage. It does not matter that the bills just keep piling up around you. There is always a reason to praise God. He loved you before you were even born. He loved you so much that He sent His Son to die upon a cross to pay the penalty for your sin and mine. If you have placed your faith in the shed blood of Jesus, you are going to spend eternity in Heaven with Him instead of an eternity burning in hell. Isn’t that worth shouting about?