Quote: Real You

Trusting God is also trusting how He has made you uniquely YOU. It’s to know that God sent His Son for you and loves you just as you are, the nervousness and all, and this is real confidence: a sort of humility that submits to God’s plan. People who are comfortable with themselves have increasingly found their security in God’s absolute, never-stopping, always-constant love. This is the Real You that God is sculpting you to be. We so often hide that with a cultural idea of ‘confidence’ that is really just shallow fakery, whether it’s a nicer car or better hair or cuter purse. Those things are fine, but not if they define you. Let yourself out to play.

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Question: Fighting Anxiety With Psychology and The Bible

Anonymous asked:

Hello, I am a Christian struggling with an anxiety disorder (specifically social anxiety disorder) /depression. I’ve done CB therapy that helped some, I also relied on God for alot of my needs. By His grace my anxiety is getting better. My question is, how can I find the right balance between worldly help such as the CB therapy and relying on God? Do you have any general advice on how to deal with anxiety in relation to Christianity? A sincere thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!

Having majored in Psychology, I can tell you that some of it is very helpful for pointing out patterns of thought, schemas, and diagnostic labels.  It’s almost a “common language” for people to understand what they’re going through, like a shorthand reference the military uses in war. 

As with any worldly knowledge, it’s definitely okay to use what makes sense and apply it.  I’m not at all against the legitimate use of medicine to deal with deeper issues; at least some depression is a chemical battle that will require a reasonable prescription to hold you over.  Basically, use what works and toss out the rest.  There will be a lot that doesn’t work, but certainly some that does.

Where psychology starts to fall short is in addressing a direction, a purpose, and a movement for your recovery.  CB therapy is good at digging into symptoms, triggers, patterns, and even a “positive outlook,” but you’ll hardly hear about a life moving forward. 

There can only be so much practical technique before you need to know why you’re even trying to improve your life anyway.  If you think even in physical terms, a lost/arrogant/angry dude who is cured of cancer is still a lost/arrogant/angry dude.  So a person “cured” of anxiety will still need to know his or her purpose.

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Quote: With Wonder

To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love. It means that, because of his bright holiness and magnificent love, you find him “fearfully beautiful.” That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness, the more we experience a trembling awe and wonder before the greatness of all that he is and has done for us. Fearing him means bowing before him out of amazement at his glory and beauty.

— Timothy Keller