A prayer that turns anxiety around
Author: Euri Anderson
"Hi, I am Euri Anderson, and I am a junior at California School of the Arts in San Gabriel Valley, Duarte and an aspiring writer."
No one is born a Christian, but I was blessed to have been born into a Christian family, for they have encouraged me to make the right choices. When I was a toddler, I did things that when I look back now, I am surprised that I could have ever done them. My focus on my calling in this life was nothing more than a blurry picture.
I had many behavioral issues that stemmed from anxiety. This anxiety continued to worsen until I worried about every single problem that could occur on a daily basis. Then, one day I decided that I was tired of having to look at this blurry picture of what I was supposed to do and I wanted a new, better relationship with God. I prayed to Him that night, asking Him for forgiveness, thanking Him for not giving up on me and loving me even when I didn’t return the favor, and asking Him to help me grow spiritually through Him.
Once sixth grade started, I joined the worship team in middle school. I realize that I have changed a lot since then in many important ways. Back then, it was more about getting the chords and the notes just right, but now, it is most certainly more about praising God and all that he has done in our lives and what he will continue to do in the future.
And today I am going on a mission trip to Thailand, spreading God’s love and word to the kids who have never met or knew God at all. Knowing that I am going on a mission to spread the gospel makes me feel like I have come so far in my life and I can say that my calling in this world has become crystal clear.
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).