In a culture defined by anxiety, toxic habits, and information overload, Pastor Levi Lusko is urging Christians to quiet the noise and take ownership of their God-given purpose.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Lusko, the lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multisite church in Montana and Utah, said he believes the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing millions to confront fissures in their lives — and most don’t know how to do so in a healthy way.
“This time is exposing what maybe was already there all along: Toxic habits, unhealthy patterns of thinking, numbing medications, living on adrenaline and coffee, two hours of sleep,” the 38-year-old pastor said. “We’re chronically overloaded, overwhelmed, and lack a margin lifestyle. In this cultural moment, we’re overstimulated by screens and stimulants.”
“Soldiers don’t get PTSD when they’re overseas; they get it when they get home because everything settles down and then their body starts to feel the miles and the physical and psychological abuse they’ve been put through,” he continued. “The reason there’s such high divorce rates right now, anxiety is through the roof, online pornography is rampant, is because a lot of us have lived at unhealthy levels for years. We just haven’t slowed down long enough to feel our feelings.”
Lusko speaks from experience. The bestselling author, husband, and father has for years battled anxiety, night terrors, and panic attacks — tendencies he told CP he’s had to “declare war on and fight through,” with God’s help.
“These feelings and thoughts are normal and understandable,” he said. “We have within all of us, at different times, storm clouds of emotions that are powerful and challenging. But the Bible says we’ve never been given any temptation that we can’t win in, and that includes the battle of anxiety and panic.”
“It’s not going to be easy or instant, but [it is possible] if you’re committed to bettering yourself and trusting God and leaning into some positive choices,” Lusko said. “It’s like a muscle: It may take some time, maybe even counseling, perhaps even seeking medical help, definitely leaning into the community of God’s people at church in a small group, but you can win this.”
In his new book, Take Back Your Life: A 40 Day Interactive Guide to Thinking Right So You Can Live Right, Lusko challenges readers to identify their internal battles and offers practical, Scripture-based tools to help them practice self-control and embrace the unique role God has created for them.
“The first book I ever wrote was about grief and hope and finding peace in the most difficult things you face,” Lusko said. “My third book was about self-management and emotional intelligence. This book is an interesting nexus between the two. Whether it’s an external circumstance or an internal battle, we all at times can feel like we’ve been swept downriver by things we have no power to control.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett