Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

We closed our Sunday service talking about how we respond to anxiety.  Honestly, I feel we could share an entirely separate message based on that topic alone.  Our response to anxiety is often a withdrawal from what we believe to be the root cause of our stress — and people tend to be at the top of that list.

I saw a quote recently that read in part: “Solitude is dangerous. It’s very addictive. It’s like you don’t want to deal with people anymore because they drain your energy.”  Sad but true.  Is this what God’s plan for our lives looks like?  How can we go and make disciples when we’ve isolated ourselves to the point that reaching out to others exhausts us?  Trying to shelter ourselves from the challenges of personal relationships just leaves us less equipped to handle them.

Yes, we should avoid unhealthy situations and relationships and we all need time alone to recharge and regroup.  But let’s remember that Jesus’s life on earth was based on serving and reaching people.  As His disciples we need to pray for the strength to overcome our anxieties and follow His example!

 

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor