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I am convinced that this anxiety running through my life is the tension between what I "should be" and what I am. My anxiety does not come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it. It seems to begin whenever I smuggle an "I want to become" into my mind. It is the tension between my desire to control what I will be and the recognition that I can't. "I will be what I will be"-where is the anxiety in that?-Hugh Prather, Notes to Myself
So you're trying to be a proper God-fearing individual, but keep falling short of the high expectations that Rick Warren suggests. That's okay, your weakness is just a sign of humility! Let God take care of it for you, since you can't do it alone anyway. But this might only work for a while...you may find yourself instead continuously falling into despair those inevitable occasions the holy spirit seems to drop the ball. Maybe you can try something else. Check out our discussion of chapter 14 of the Reason Driven Life, as we interview Rebecca Watson of Skepchick.com and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, who graces our show with her crackling wit and intellect! Also, news items, Demon slaying, and the return of the F.S.M.!
Oh, and check out Rebecca's upcoming speaking engagement for the New York City Skeptics.