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Anxiety gets into our heart and takes away our energy, sense of wellbeing, sense of security but mostly takes our faith both to fellow human beings and to God.

Most of the time anxiety leads us into negative decisions which end up affecting our life emotionally, spiritually and physically.  One of my friends called Jackson was put in prison for fighting with another friend of mine, John.  They had fallen out due to something so minor.

After serving his three-month sentence in government prison he asked me to act as a bridge between him and John in order for them to be friends again, which I did.

When he was asking for forgiveness from John, he said “I don’t know what caused me to fight, but I linked it to Anxiety”. Jackson apologised while tears rolled down his cheeks.

Anxiety is something everyone must learn to cope with when tackling our daily life challenges, but more especially it should be a time to draw close to God rather than going far from him.

I always think about the story of David and Goliath in the Bible, and imagine how the little boy David was nervous to face the giant Goliath.

After realising that he is too small to defeat the giant and warrier Goliath, David left everything in God’s hand.

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel”
1Samuel 17:45.

I’ve always found that the first step in overcoming the challenge of anxiety is you have to figure out exactly what you’re afraid of and to know that God’s hands are everywhere and he will support you in whatever you face. One step at a time, just let that anxiety go and enjoy God’s caring hand help and take control.

Once I spent three nights, unable to sleep because of all the anxious thoughts racing through my brain, and in the middle of a lot of questions that were soon taking over my life so I opened my Bible and I read:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

 The key to bouncing back is to learn whatever lessons you can from the experience so that you can avoid making the same mistakes in the next chapter or know the signs so you can stop the anxiety and say ‘No, you have no control on me.’ This will help you to overcome your fear, take a leap of faith and try again.

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping, your love, O LORD, supported me.  When my anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul”
Psalm 94:18-19

Little steps can take you along way.

Cleophas Tukamarwa

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