Anxiety or joy

It seems that every day has its hurdles. March madness required high school and college student athletes to miss classes, spend extra time competing and facing more pressures than usual. These students are living in an easy dream world. Have we ever known a student who hoped that they got beat so they wouldn't have to compete at a higher level tournament?

This is life. We like to have success and accomplish more. Most of our days have some uncertainties. The majority of student athletes have above average GPAs. Yes, it would be nice to be brilliant academically, talented in several areas of life or excel in all our endeavors. The truth is that most of us are rather average. After all the word "normal" means average. Not to many people are substantially above or below normal.

Success and achievement are worthwhile goals. Happiness and joy are even better. Winning is good. Playing the game is better. We are all players to some degree. I may not be able to get the highest grade or score the most points but we can all play the game. Many Scripture verses tell us how to have peace, strength, joy and fulfillment. I often teach Bible studies on these.

If you feel anxiety, hurt, loss, put down or just plain miserable, you are not alone. Just imagine yourself being in a jail pod with a group of men or women who each have some significant hurdles. Where will I stay when I get released? Where are my children? My automobile or home will be repossessed. All of us may have known someone who was laid off from their employment.

We try to be there for one another. Whether we come for help or are there to help someone, we can all be involved. God is there for all of us. He waits to help us. Prayer is the door to help. Read Isaiah 26:3 or Philippians 4:6, 7, 13 and 19.

Anxiety or Joy? God's choice is joy.

For the 2012 Club April 22 takes us to II Samuel 6 and Luke 18

Let's all reach out and spread joy to others in the next two weeks.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.