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When Anxiety Attacks (6 of 8)
Series: God's Message in Your Emotions
Pastor Jeff Schreve
For the last several weeks we've been in a series called, "God's Message in Your Emotions." And we've looked at some negative emotions to see what God has to say about that. And we've tried to trace those emotional hurts and pains to victorious living. We have looked at inferiority. We've looked at guilt. We've looked at anger. We've looked at frustration. We've looked at loneliness. And today, we want to look at anxiety and worry.
You know if you think about it, of all the emotions, that might be one that everyone can say, "Hey, I know a lot about that. I know a lot about being, feeling anxious, about being worried."
I heard about a, a company, and they were going through some hard time fin, hard times financially. And there were lay-offs that were coming. And they knew they were coming. And everyone was so worried and so anxious and so fearful. And so morale started to really go down in this company. And the productivity went down because everyone was so, so afraid, "Am I going to be the one that's going to get chopped?" And the big boss came in town. And he could tell morale was bad. And so he had a meeting with all his department heads. And he said, "You know what?" He said, "This is bad, this, this bad morale. Everybody's so worried. Everybody's so fearful." He said, "What we need around here is humor. Humor is what we need to pick up the mood, to pick up the morale." He said, "Humor." He looked over at the operations manager. He said, "Humor. Let's start with you. Knock, knock." The man said, "Who's there?" And he said, "Not you anymore!" Now, surprisingly, that didn't really work to help with the fear and the worry.
You know, worry has been defined this way, worry and anxiety, both the same thing: "The tension and distress experienced over the anticipated loss of some valued possession." That's what it is. We all have felt that inside. ...
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