A few years ago I had a deep sense of urgency to fast and pray. I took that season of a sense of urgency longer than the Lord desired, and it became an anxiety issue. A good and normal spiritual discipline, if taken to an extreme, can turn into a negative thing. (At least it did with me.)
Three major disciplines helped me overcome the anxiety issue.
- Regular reading of God's word led me to Phi. 4:6 that told me to "not be anxious for anything".
- Regular fellowship brought me into contact with other members of the body of Christ, and I discovered that they were not living under a cloud of anxiety.
- Regular praying in the Spirit re-captured for me a sense of the Lord's leading.
Sharing the good news of Jesus is hindered if a messenger of that good news is suffering from anxiety.
Here is a Lent activity your close friends and family may want you to continue way past Easter:
All day, do not worry about anything, at anytime. Exchange worry for a smile and give away a few "God bless you's"with that smile.
Your partner in sharing the gospel