Trusting Something Stable

Recently I listened to a counselor discussing those prone to anxiety.  The counselor said they must trust something stable—trusting the unstable increases anxiety.  (Excellent point!)

I expected some suggestions on what was considered “stable.”  None were made!  Though I listened with interest, there were no recommendations. 

Ah—the problem was identified.  However, specifics about solving the dilemma were not declared.  Wonder why?  Could the problem lie in the instability of what we declare stable?

As years pass, our concepts of “stable” change.  Young adult years are in “search mode.”  We are certain the “stable” is out there—we must identify it!  In middle adult years, we are in “pursuit mode.”  The “stable” must be obtained!  At some point either the chase becomes futile or we grasp the pursued only to discover it is meaningless.  Thus older adults come full circle.  They ask, “What is stable?” as they enter “confusion mode.”  The question is the same, but the answers are different.

Fame leaves faster than it came.  Achievements are bettered.  Big names become forgotten footnotes.  Wealth becomes meaningless.   Stocks go up and down.  Educations need continual upgrades.  Retirements are boring.  Health declines.  Physical experiences that were marvelous at 25 are undesirable and meaningless at 85.  Memory replaces planning.  How sad when life is only about now.

Paul said, “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:19, NAS).  Hebrews said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever” (13:8, NAS).

Would you explain again why you are a Christian?  How “stable” is your life?

David Chadwell
Dec. 05, 2011  *  Fort Smith, AR

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