I have always been a pretty laid back person, and never really let things get me down. Like anyone, I have times that I struggle with things that overwhelm me. Sometimes our lives get so hectic, and there is so much going on that we forget that God has put us on this Earth with a purpose, and the more time we spend wallowing in self doubt and misery, the less time we spend fulfilling the purpose He has for each and every one of us.
When I first read Philippians 4:6-7, it felt like a mantra for the life that I was already living. It spoke to not be anxious or overcome with all things that can bring you down, but to trust in the Lord to grant you the requests you present to Him.
As I’ve gotten older, this passage has become more and more applicable. Not the first part about being anxious, as much as the second part that says “the peace of mind of God, which transcends all understanding, will be granted unto you.” This reminded me that this passage is not about saying, “Hey God, I’m hurting, help me out here!” But saying “God, everything that I face is within your will for my life. Please grant me peace of mind, and wisdom to deal with things as they come, and to live fully every day. Help me to know I have you as a friend whom I can go to, no matter how small the issue, and you will give my request the utmost priority because of your love for me”
Knowing that is what keeps me from being anxious.