Day 20/40: NO MORE STRESS

I am not always a big fan of statistics, although at times there may be some degree of accuracy. A lot depends on so many varying factors that you can never really be sure if they are a true representation of the issue at hand. Having said that, it is said in some medical studies that 7 in 10 Americans say stress interferes with their physical and mental well-being.  People get tired, feeling overwhelmed, lose sleep and have eating disorders, and many times, we chalk it all up to a stressful life.

You are living in 2017, we are a culture obsessed with performance and perfection, pushing ourselves to reach for more, measuring ourselves by others, and this can become exhausting.  Some would ask the question, "does it glorify God?"  Is God honored in our lives, if we are living "Stressed Out" all the time?  I personally believe a limited amount of stress is somewhat normal, it's kind of a strange mixture of passion and chaos at the same time, but it helps to get things accomplished

As we come close to the Easter Season, I am reminded of the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, where the Bible says "Jesus had great stress as He sweated drops of blood at Gethsemane," but he handled it by praying "Father, not my will but thine be done." (Luke 22:42).

The place we need to learn to live is at the feet of Jesus, like Mary did, rather than in the business of the Martha mindset that had a compulsion to have to perform.  Resting in Jesus does not mean you are static, or not moving, it means you are being filled, refreshed, renewed and restored to be able to accomplish more of what God has called you to do.

Stress, if not managed, will take its toll on you and eventually burn you out to the place where you are no longer productive or effective, that's where the enemy wants you to be.  It's in that place, he begins to whisper in your ear things to erode your faith and trust in God.

So how does a Christian deal with stress? Simple, "pray."  That place of prayer is a place of rest, solitude, a stress free environment where God begins to pour Himself into your life and take all your burdens and cares away.  We don't need any more burned out worn out Christians, we have a trail of them through the last several decades.  Great ministries and ministers have fallen into temptation due to the improper handling of stress.  Temptation comes when your are weak and tired, so guard yourself.  Another way to handle stress is to read the Bible.  Yes, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  You can't pray and read your bible and live "Stressed Out" all the time, it's impossible.

The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee."

So in this crazy busy world we live in, remember, God is not glorified in your accomplishments, He is glorified in your love and trust in Him.  Life demands motion and movement, but His strength is well able to get you through your day.  By the way, you are going to make it, it might look like the world is about to crash in around you, but cheer up, another day will bring another breakthrough, not a breakdown, you serve a mighty God!