Turn To God When You Are Anxious

Turn To God When You Are Anxious

Although I have struggled with my faith before, I am so much happier with God in my life.
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There are so many things that we are all anxious about, whether that be about a sporting event, an exam, a friendship, or an upcoming interview. Recently, there have been so many different events going on in my life that have caused me a lot of stress.

There are some people who see being stressed as another reason to turn away from God. However, I am not one of those people. I used to think that I could do everything by myself, but I soon realized this wasn't the case at all. I needed God.

I know that some people don't believe in everything happens for a reason, but I think that it does. God already knows what is going to happen in a few days or in 50 years. It gives me so much comfort knowing I have God watching over me. He only wants the absolute best for me because he loves me so much.

At the end of the day, someone is going to be disappointed with something we did. It's no wonder that we are constantly anxious about things. It's so easy to care about what other people are going to think about you or what will happen if you end up doing badly on an exam. The truth is that we are all human, and we are going to fail.

Yes, I said it. We are all going to fail, and it's going to keep on happening. We can't rely on each other to always be happy. We have to rely on God, who wants to give us all of his love. Honestly, God is so amazing if you think about it.

When Jesus died on the cross for us, he was suffering so much. He died for all of our sins that we have made in the past and the sins that we will make in the future. And yes, being anxious is actually a sin.

When you turn to God during times when you are anxious, you won't regret it. I have been starting to do this before big interviews or before important exams. Not only do I go into these with more confidence, but I go into it knowing that I will be loved no matter what.

In Psalm 94:19 it says "When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me." I think that this is something that takes some time to fully understand and believe in. Although I have struggled with my faith before, I am so much happier with God in my life. Whenever I do feel anxious, I know that I can turn to God, who will relieve all of my anxieties.

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I'm An Atheist

The separation of Church and State is a thing for a reason...

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Growing up in a Catholic family is rough. Now, my family was not a strict Catholic family that you would see in the movies, we barely even went to church. But when I was in the church, even with my young eyes I could see the corruption unfolding before me. I was forced to go to "CCD" or Sunday School as most people know it. I don't even know what CCD stood for but I just went with it. I was the only kid in my class that had no clue what the Bible said or meant but all I really knew was that I didn't care. My mind was always cluttered with, "anyone could've written that" or "that doesn't even sound like it could physically happen in the world".

My final straw with Catholicism was when I was criticized by one of my peers who also went to my church for believing evolution. If a church couldn't even accept what was going on in front of them, I wanted no part of it. I was in 7th grade when I finally learned what I was, Atheist. Finally, someone put a label on it, I was very confused by the reaction from people when I said that. Growing up in a small town with a bunch of bible busters didn't help my case at all. I was told, "just go to church and God will find you", or "it's just a phase, you will find Him soon". But truth is, I don't want to find Him, or Him to find me. I have been berated over and over again about my choice of "religion". Like I said, I lived in a small town where everyone is religious except for a select few.

When I played volleyball, my team would pray before every game and I would stand to the side because I wanted no part of it. Or when my senior class decided to pray after the bus accident we endured, I choose to step to the back and play on my phone. Going to a public school you would think that there was the separation of church and state, NOPE. Going to a small school made it so much worse. There were church services at the school and religion would be tied to the lessons that were taught. I was absolutely appalled at what I was seeing, now that I am at college, I ask others if their high schools were like that and they said absolutely not.

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