What will I do after graduation? Who should I marry? Where should I look for work? What will my friends think? What if my marriage is falling apart? What if I’m drowning in debt?
In our journey of faith there are particular moments that produce a certain amount of anxiety. Often anxiety and/or worry has been looked upon as an “un-Christian” feeling to have.
It is quite common in the Christian life that when someone mentions they are experiencing anxiety, they are often dismissed and devalued by what are often well-intentioned Christian platitudes and Bible quoting. But this dismissal of anxiety often produces shame in the individual, driving their anxiety into hiding where it can do more damage. Let’s re-think our shame in this area by planting the seed that anxiety in our lives can be a catalyst for growth that moves us closer to who God created us to be.
Rhett Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in private practice at Auxano Counseling in Plano, TX as well as a staff therapist at The Hideaway Experience marriage intensive in Amarillo, TX. Rhett loves coming alongside people at the various stages in their life in order to help them best navigate some of the issues they may be experiencing such as depression, anxiety, marital issues, grief and more.
Rhett lives in McKinney, TX with his wife Heather and their two kids. You can read more about the work Rhett does at www.rhettsmithcounseling.com as well as reading more of his writing at www.rhettsmith.com. Find Rhett on Twitter @Rhetter.