I read a very sad, insightful article from forbes.com today. Written in 2006, it states that the average child at the time of writing had the same level of anxiety as a psychiatric patient in the 1950s. Call me crazy (pun-ish intended), but I think that’s way too much fear! The article says one reason we are in the “Age of Anxiety” is the disconnect with society. Fewer people are involved with churches, synagogues, other religious groups, and local institutions like the PTA. And rest assured, if you have one phobia, it says, you likely suffer others. That was six years ago, and we’ve only become less engaged with the rise of online conveniences. Facebook, anyone? Twitter? Flickr, Tumbler, LinkedIn, MySpace?
Is anyone else appalled by this “Age of Anxiety?” I don’t want to live in fear, and I surely don’t want my children to have as much anxiety as an adult admitted to the psych ward in 1950. Where is our security? Our Savior? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could plug in like The Matrix and get a download of truth? If that download “stuck” and changed us from the inside out in one sitting?
Lots of questions, and I have only one answer.
With His love, He will calm all my fears.
Zephaniah 3:17 is just the download I need. “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
There is so much the enemy of our souls would have us fear. Everything from the outdoors and heights to spiders and death. Life itself is something to fear.
Or is it something to embrace, knowing that the Lord our God lives among us and calms all our fears?
What is your biggest fear?