“Teens were the most likely to say stress and anxiety were of major concern for their peers — more than drug addiction, bullying or poverty, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.
Why it matters: Teens are growing up in a world of publicized mass shootings, dire climate change warnings, poor economic futures without a college degree and extreme political partisanship, and they are more stressed about those things than adults overall, according to the American Psychological Association.”
[Stressed out: Anxiety a bigger concern for teens than drugs, poverty – Axios]
[ Reviewed Unto Righteousness Below ]
One would think that with the hoard of counselors, anti-anxiety drugs and recreational activities available that anxiety would be a thing of the past for today’s teen-agers.
I do not have the time at the moment to break down the fallacy of assumptions in the post above, but what I have time for, and always have time for, is to point you to how to have hope in anxiety.
How not to be anxious about anything and where to find the power that will deliver from depression.
For those separated from Jesus anxiety is like booking a flight, going through the stress of checking in and once seated on the plane realize it will never land.
Surrendering to the Living God means that though one has troubles, those troubles are not the end-game. There is hope, peace, and protection for those few who will give up all and follow Jesus.
Enjoy the flight.
As a word of caution do not even bother attempting to live the Scripture below by the Cultural Christianity you see around you today. If you are going to do that you might as well book passage on the No Land Airline, sit back and enjoy the flight.
This is not some smiling Jack-Jesus kinda walking around with a smile plastered on your face kinda-thing. There is deep suffering and with those sufferings overcoming joy as you follow Jesus and Jesus alone.
First, get on the narrow road and start following Jesus, then “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything…” You can read the promise below.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:6-8)
Freedom from self’s anxiety is something only God can do for you-you cannot produce a permanent peace by doing it yourself.1
It is the very peace of God that will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus. Such peace is God acting in your life so do not expect those around you to understand what is happening to you. Do not even be anxious about that but go-on your joyful way fighting the good fight of faith.
Every mother who has attempted to comfort a crying baby that has an earache knows the frustration of feeling powerless to comfort her child. That she would, if she could, take the suffering upon herself if it would give her child rest.
A mother may not have the power to do that simple thing, but God does have and is more than willing to pour such peace into those who obey Him.
If you will admit how powerless you are to find comfort from your anxiety, surrender your very self to God with heaven inspired obedience then God who does have the power, will guard your heart and mind.
Finally, as God stated, turn off the movies, video games and news that will push away the peace of Christ and obey. Obey: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Great peace have they who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
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“Between the lines: Getting good grades was the top pressure for teens, with 61% telling Pew they felt “a lot” of pressure to do so.
More than 60% also felt at least some pressure to look good, fit in socially and be involved in extracurricular activities.
Pressure to drink or do drugs was at the bottom of the list — only around 15% of teens felt pressure to do so.
Teenage girls are more likely than boys to feel pressure to look good and to experience tension or nervousness every day or almost every day.
Teen girls are also more likely to plan to attend college than teen boys, which mirrors the fact that women are now more likely to be college graduates than men.”[Stressed out: Anxiety a bigger concern for teens than drugs, poverty – Axios]