Got a concern or anxiety that’s bugging you – something that is just, as it seems, “eating you alive” emotionally? It can be very helpful to talk to someone about it and “get it off your chest!” That is very often what a therapist does with a counselling technique called “reflective listening,” “empathetic listening” or “active listening” (and there may be other more technical names for this counselling technique I am not aware of). In fact, every good counselor practices and hones their “listening skills” to a fine art. The fact is, it’s very therapeutic for those who are troubled by anxiety and fear to have another caring person listen to them share their deepest concerns!
The Bible teaches God can help fill this role in your life… (I just read about it again this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord”)! Here’s what it says…
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7 ESV)
So here’s the deal… Before you go out and spend “big bucks” on a therapist, it might be a good idea as a Christian to talk to God about “what is bugging you” – your fears and concerns. Hey, He’s more than simply a “therapist” (a good listener)… He’s a “SAVIOR!” (He can actually do something about what is bothering you!)
And the result? “And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus!”
Sounds like a good idea to me… I’ve tried it and it works! In fact, I’ve got a few things I want to talk with Him about this morning.