dealing with stress

12 06 2008

I was just thinking about the issue of dealing with stress.  It’s something we all have to face, and it can cause a number of difficulties in life.  Being stressful may seem inevitable, but it’s not — we can choose to be peaceful instead.

I suspect some of my readers who know me may be saying something like, “That sounds good, but you’re so naturally laid-back.”  Except that I’m not.  I used to get so stressed over things, but then I realized I didn’t have to be.  Of course, we don’t always have control over our circumstances — we will face some really stressful situations — but we do have control over how we respond to those circumstances.

We have to realize that we have a choice in this, or we’ll always blame our circumstances and be dreaming of a time when we don’t have those issues.  We should also realize that there will always be issues, whether it’s deadlines at work, irritating co-workers, unfair treatment, rebellious children, discord in your family, etc.  If things happen to be going well, the devil may try to stir something up, to take away our peace and joy.  God wants us to walk in His peace and His joy.  The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and that we should be anxious in nothing.  I know, that sounds great, but is it even possible to live that way?  To be anxious in nothing?  Fortunately, God gives grace to empower us to live this way, because it’s surely not natural.

Of course the key is maintaining close fellowship with God.  If we’re trying to accomplish these things in only our own power and abilities, then we will fall short.  And when we’re close to the heart of God, we see things with a proper perspective.  We will realize that some of our top priorities really aren’t that big a deal in light of eternity.  (Isn’t it amazing how stressed we can get over a single business meeting, when it’s not that important to life?)  We also must exercise our faith, so we will have hope that things will work out, even when it looks bleak.  We should do the best that we can and trust God to help us with the things we can’t do.

I don’t know if I can explain all this adequately, because it’s something we have to experience before we can really grasp it.  The peace of God passes all understanding, so I definitely can’t explain it!  It is so wonderful, though. If you want to experience it, pray about it and study the Bible.  God wants you to live in peace and joy and to walk in victory.  He offers us the power to do so, but we must receive it and use it.  It’s our choice.




One response

13 06 2008

Peace is something that can be ours through the knowledge we have of God. Please do read this post: Anchored


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