Author Amy Simpson, a regular Her.meneutics writer, has previously shared with us about various aspects of mental health, including the church’s response to mental illness, the language we use to talk about mental disorders, and the rise in depression and OCD among new moms.

Her new book, Anxious, came out this fall and addresses worry in particular—the struggle to choose faith and find peace in a world that seems to fuel anxiety over every thing, big or small.

The excerpt below comes from a chapter entitled, "The Fallacy of Possession."

If the unknowable future is our most frequent cause for worry, perhaps our most gripping and powerful worries grow in the fertile soil of fears for the people and things we love—and we mistakenly believe belong to us.

Although we rarely discuss them in the same sermon or Bible study, it’s no accident that right before Jesus’ admonition to “consider the lilies of the field” in Matthew 6, he told his followers, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth” (v. 19). When he said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life,” he was referring to his previous sentence: “You cannot serve both God and money.” He knew that our attachment to the treasures of this life was a primary cause for worry— and distraction from trusting and serving God.

Most of us are so busy storing up our treasures—in the form of the possessions and people we love—that we lose sight of the truth that everything and everyone belongs to God. He is the true owner of everything we think is ours and the one ultimately responsible for the people in our lives. He has granted us responsibility as ...

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