I’ve had an anxiety disorder for over 12 years. That’s enough panic attacks, rapid heart rates, and heat flashes to learn a thing or two. While I’ve written about my anxiety disorder in the context of my faith, there are also some things I’ve learned that apply to anyone who struggles with anxiety. In this article, I’m offering you a tactic that continues to prove useful every day. From where I stand, it’s the best way to use your anxiety.

Energy Is Limited

Start with a simple truth: our energy is limited. We use our physical and mental energy to do pretty much…


I should have written this post a long time ago, since the question is so frequent, and the answers to it can be so harmful or helpful. I’ve battled an anxiety disorder for over 12 years, and I’m a Christian. Knowing those two facts, you can probably guess the #1 question I’m asked by people in my circles: Is anxiety a sin?

To outsiders, that sounds like a stupid question. “Who cares what it is? Just find a way to get help!” But it’s not a stupid question at all. It’s good to be mindful of your soul and not…


Spiritual growth is a path we walk, not a monument we arrive at. In fact, you might even call that walking path an extended experiment, catered to each one of us, with its twists and turns, dips and descents, puddles and pavement. David Powlison once wrote, “Your entire life is a holy experiment as God’s hands shape you into the image of his Son.”1 A holy, Son-shaping experiment — that’s what’s happening. Right now. As you trod down the path of your day, your clay spirit is being tended and pressed and nudged in the ordinary moments. As you walk…


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With every breath you take in, oxygen from the air leaches out from your lungs into your blood stream. At the same time, carbon dioxide creeps out of those dark, silent rivers and into the caverns of your lungs. From there it moves back into the world. You do this about 20,000 times a day.

Why?

At some point, you know that’s going to stop. You probably don’t really accept it yet. Not many people do, I think, until they’re at death’s door, looking behind themselves at the surreal dream of life, wondering how such a thing could really end…


So many of us want to “change the world.” But the answer to doing that is right in front us, quiet as a contented child. Change in the world starts inside of us, with a simple act of giving. Seeing God as a giver can help us start making the changes we want to see around us and inside us.

God the Giver

The candlelight flickers on the wall. It’s not yet dawn. September is the time of the crickets, when they make their leg-songs in the humble dark. In a few months, it will be the time of silence, when the cold…


This is part of a series of posts on giving, all in light of the release of my latest book. In this post, we look at three obstacles that can keep us from giving, and the effect that has on our spirit. Check out the other articles in the series to learn more.

In this post, we’re looking at what keeps us from giving. Keep in mind that I’m not thinking about money when I say “giving.” I’m thinking about giving our time, our attention, our skills, or other personal resources. Giving can be as simple as going out of…


I read a very striking quote some time ago. It was written by Douglas Meeks. “God owns by giving.” 1Think about that for a moment. When we think about ownership, other words come to mind: possessing, taking, buying, keeping. But giving? How is that possible? In a mysterious and beautiful way, it’s possible with love. “God so loved the world that he gave . . .” And that giving made us God’s inheritance, his possession. God owns his people not by grasping them but by giving himself to them. Knowing this truth can change the way you live each day…


In a previous post, I talked about the circular nature of giving, about how all of our gifts end up being given back to God. This needs repeating and application for us daily, since we seem bent on following what I call a transactional approach to giving.

Before I get to that, let me review the model of giving we’ve been discussing because it’s so counter-cultural. Giving is not simply an activity, something we do. Rather, it’s something God does (even something God is), and we get the joy of modeling our lives after his. I can’t stress this enough…


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Words to eat. That’s it. This isn’t ever going to change. It was the same at the dawn of humanity as it is in the twenty-first century. We need to eat words, or we’ll die. It’s just that simple. Most people think we need water and food. That’s true for the body, but there’s something deeper that the soul needs, something it can’t go without, something as basic to the soul as air is to the lungs: words.

The immediate questions are (1) What does that even mean? And (2) Which words?

What Does It Mean to Eat Words?

We have four options with words in our…


Christmas is synonymous with giving. Some people estimate that the average American will spend around $800 in 2020 on Christmas gifts. That’s somewhere north of 465 billion dollars for the nation. That’s a lot of money. Where does it all go? Well, one study found that 16 billion dollars are wasted each year on unwanted gifts. So, a big chunk of it probably goes into garbage cans. The gifts, in other words, find no recipient.

Gifts function in a sort of circle. I call it the giving circle. Gifts are obtained from a source, given by a giver, and then…

Pierce Taylor Hibbs

Award-winning Christian author and teacher. Theology nerd. Anxiety warrior. Finding God in all things.

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