Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bridge Anxiety

I personally don't suffer from bridge anxiety but I  know several people that do. They get so nervous when crossing a bridge they start to "freak out" a little. Some people suffer from worse cases than others. My wife has people in her family that will plan their trips to avoid all bridges, at all cost. If they can't avoid them... They just don't go. Extreme, I know.

This seems crazy to anyone that doesn't suffer from it. The truth is all fear is irrational but at the time the one suffering from the fear isn't thinking rationally. My mother-in-law is my favorite person that I know that suffers from this. (Need to score points somehow). Her bridge anxiety is a very mild case. It's not the bridge anxiety that makes her special it's what she does while crossing the bridge that makes her different from the rest.

While crossing the bridge she looks at the person sitting beside her and will say, "Aren't I doing good? Aren't you proud of me?" Crystal and I always get a chuckle out of it but today it triggered a thought which is why I am writing this post.

Bridges are a lot like transitions in life. Whether you like it or not transitions in life will come your way if you are moving forward at all. Sometimes transition can be seen from a long ways off but other times transition sneaks up on you with very little warning. Some are easier to get through and others WAY more difficult. I'm not sure about you but I'm not a big fan of transition or change. Crystal often gives me a hard time about this. If she moves the furniture around a little it takes me weeks to get used to it. I think most of us are like that. It's not that you're against change, it's just that you need time to adjust to the change. Having someone by your side to encourage you during the process makes transition and change so much easier to get through.

That's why church is so important! Most people don't see church as long time help. They see it at a right now remedy. In other words, they only go to church when they are facing transition and once they are through it.... They are gone! My mother-in-law doesn't all of the sudden try to pick someone up off the side of the road to help her cross the bridge. She takes someone with her for the entire journey and when the bridge comes, when the time comes, someone is by her side to encourage her through transition. To help her move forward and make it to the other side.

That's what church is to me. That's what having a pastor in my life is to me. It's having someone by your side in life to encourage you, to push you forward, and to help you overcome everything life may throw at you. Good or Bad!

So, get plugged into a bible believing, Jesus preaching, Holy Ghost filled church and watch how much ground you cover!

Hebrews 10:25 (AMP) "Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the dat approaching.

Trees don't grow if they aren't planted..... What makes you think you're any different?