Comments On The Dumbest Article I've Ever Read.
By Phil Scovell
Subject: LIMITING ANXIOUS FEELINGS.
The Author said, When I'm facing such situations, I try to follow
the six steps described below to limit my anxious feelings.
First, state the problem. A problem well stated is half solved.
In anxious states of mind, people can't see the forest for the trees.
Put the problem in perspective. Will it matter for eternity? The
danger at this juncture is to seek ungodly counsel. The world is
glutted with magicians and sorcerers who will promise incredible
results. Their appearance may be striking. Their personality may be
charming. But they are bankrupt of character. Avoid them. (Psalm
Step Number 1 Comments.
What if you don't know the identity of the problem or what is
even causing it in the first place? What if you are lost in the
middle of an endless ocean of mixed emotions instead a forest of
trees as he suggests? If a tree falls in the forest and you aren't
there to hear it, does it make a noise? I hope he isn't suggesting we
confess the problem rather than Jesus as the Solver of all problems.
He said, Second, separate the facts from the assumptions. Since
we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, we make assumptions,
and we usually assume the worst. If the assumption is accepted as
truth, it will drive your mind to its anxiety limits. Therefore, you
must separate assumptions from facts.
Step Number 2 Comments.
What if you don't know the facts about what you face and you are
unawares of how to determine the facts? Does this mean your mind has
therefore been stretched to the outer limits of anxiety and so you now
must be mentally ill?
He said, Third, determine what you have the right or ability to
control. You are responsible for that which you can control, and you
are not responsible for that which you can't. Don't try to cast your
responsibility onto Christ; He will throw it back.
Step Number 3 Comments.
Meanie Jesus. Tossing back what you cannot bear? This ain't no
Heavenly ball game we are playing; it's life. Control? How can you
control uncontrollable circumstances that slam into you without
warning? How about the sudden death of a loved one for example? Did
he ever think of that? How about a loved one who has cancer and has
been given six months to live? What if you get a call in the middle
of the night and your son, who was on his way to visit his sister in
Wichita, was changing a flat tire and was struck and instantly killed
by a passing vehicle? What if you are 12 years old and just found out
you have no father, to speak of, and the one who is your real father
is living the rest of his life in the state prison? What if you can't
control even your own thoughts? This guy obviously has never had that
experience or he wouldn't say such a stupid thing. Where is Jesus
when you need Him the most? This guy certainly doesn't know.
He said, Fourth, list everything you can do which is related to
the situation that is under your responsibility. When people don't
assume their responsibility, they turn to temporary cures for their
anxiety, like eating, TV, sex or drugs.
Step Number 4 Comments.
What he means is, you aren't worth spit as far as God is
concerned because you won't take responsibility for your own
problems. In short, God doesn't care if you are trapped by the
anxiety that you should be able to handle on your own in the first
damn place. Besides, he left out eating chocolate and TV dinners.
He said, Fifth, once you are sure you have fulfilled your
responsibility, see if there is any way you can help others. Turning
your attention away from your own self-absorption and onto helping
people around you is not only the loving thing to do, but it also
brings a special inner peace.
Step Number 5 Comments.
This is the old standard come back, everybody else is worse off
than you. So run right out into the traffic, find a freaking
volunteer job, help others, and it will make you feel so much better,
you'll forget all about your fears and anxieties which God isn't
interested in helping you with in the first place, dummy.
Finally, he said, Sixth, the rest is God's responsibility, except
for your prayer, according to Philippians 4:6-8. So assume your
responsibility, but cast your anxiety on Christ.
Step Number 6 Comments.
The rest is up to who? You just were told in five, and possibly
six, steps, how to manage your own freaking anxiety problems without
God's help at all. Why would you now even think to pray if you don't
need God to help you in the first place. Where did Jesus, the Holy
Spirit, and the Bible go in these six steps in the first place? I'm
just glad he didn't have 10 steps, or 47 steps, or 685 steps. Maybe
that's the holy version and this is just the practical, and secular, 6
This has been a slightly cynical response to one of the dumbest
Christian advice articles I have read in years. By the way, in my 50
years plus walk with the Lord, I have tried every single one of these
things many times and they don't freaking work so get a life and stop
showing everybody how little you know about anxiety of any kind.
Phil, Know It all, Scovell.
Safe Place Fellowship
Mountain Time Zone
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