Pressure: The exertion of force upon a surface by something in contact with it. I had never really stopped to consider this definition, but I saw something this morning which I really did not realize. Look at the definition again - pressure is the exertion of a "force" upon nothing more than the "surface". When we use the term, "I am under a lot of pressure right now", we are simply saying, "There are a whole lot of EXTERNAL influences in CONTACT with my life right now". Something, or someone, comes into CONTACT with our lives - but they are not "invading" our inner life - their contact is on the surface! This may not earth-shattering to some, but I think if we really begin to latch onto this, we may just see how much control we have over what actually can affect us on the "inside". If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. (Proverbs 24:10 NLT) First of all, what we allow into "contact"