Before you answer “Nothing”, pause for a moment and think. Have swirling thoughts about things you can’t do anything about robbed your sleep? Have you hesitated – or downright failed to do – something you know would be beneficial for you or others because of some fear? Has your stomach been tied up in knots? Have you put up a psychological wall when dealing with someone close to you rather than dealing with an important issue?
It’s a rare person indeed who does not deal with fear and anxiety – some less, some more. So ask yourself, what are you afraid of? What are you worried about?
Here are a few possibilities. Perhaps you’re afraid or worried about:
- What other people think, or might think
- Having enough money
- Identity theft
- Your health
- Your marriage falling apart
- Your children making it in life
- Criticism or rejection
- What God thinks of you
And then there are the wider issues that affect us all, and can cause plenty of fear and anxiety:
- Political unrest and division
- Decreasing acceptance of Christianity in our culture
- Global economic turmoil
- Weather extremes, natural disasters
- Human trafficking
- Disruption of the family, with domestic violence, divorce, single parenting, etc.
- Violence from illegal activity
One or more of these almost certainly comes very close to home for you. And there are countless more things you could be angst about.