Skip to main content

Stressed, but not stressed out

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 
(Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

Stress is something we have in life, but we don't have to be stressed. 
(Chad Moore, Pastor Sun Valley Community Church)

What stresses you out the most? What causes you to "be stressed"? When you stop to think about it, stress isn't really a bad thing. I have my favorite stretch plastic wrap that clings really well to the sides of the dish so I can create a tight seal when I need to keep in the freshness or preserve the moisture in some food. It isn't one of the name brands, but I love it nonetheless. What gives it the cling is really the response it has to the "stress" I exert upon it. The pulling of it tight against the sides of the dish until it creates a "drum-like" appearance is what makes this cling really solid. The stress is actually helping the wrap do what it was designed to do. So...isn't it quite possible the stress in our lives is helping us perform as we were designed to perform?

There is much to be said for "stress" - ranging from a really negative perspective of it being the stuff that kills us to a very positive perspective of it being the stuff that helps us grow. Even too much of a good thing can become harmful to us, though. Just the right amount of salt brings out the flavor in the food. Too much of it actually destroys or overpowers the taste of all the other food. The fine balance of "having salt" and "being over-salted" can be likened to having stress and being stressed - - - too much of a good thing becomes harmful when allowed to get into places it doesn't belong!

We aren't going to get through life "stress-free" and I am pretty sure we wouldn't want to live that way anyway. The stress we face actually helps us keep our "true center" - - - it drives us toward God and dependence upon him. This is the right way to view stress. The wrong way is to think we can make it through somehow in doing something differently, depending upon our own magnificent ideas to get us through to the other side. I know I wouldn't want to do surgery on my own body - - - and I would be a fool to attempt it. When my body is under stress because of disease, I want to take it to someone who knows how to alleviate the stress it is under. 

The antidote to stress is not to run from it, or even attempt to change the circumstances on your own so you don't have it any longer. It is to turn to God and turn it over to God. Then he will help us "in our stress" to not "be stressed", because we will know rest and peace within our souls. It is called trust. We might just do well to get to that place today. Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

Getting at the heart of it all

Have you ever seen someone so good with their skinning knife they can just peel away the hide of an animal without a rip or tear, no waste of any of the meat just below that skin? I have seen some fishermen able to fillet their catch with such skill not even one bone is found in the fillet. How do they learn this skill? I think it comes to them through practice and with the employment of the right 'tool' to do the job at hand. There is comfort in knowing that God means what he says and his Word will come to pass. His Word is like the scalpel in the skilled hands of a surgeon or the knife in the hands of the skilled hunter. As a nurse, I have seen the skillful use of the scalpel - dissecting away the finest of tissue to protect the healthy tissue and to expose the tissue that has become devitalized by disease or decay. I have also seen the damage done by a "blade" in the hands of one not trained or at all skilled in its use. The difference is beyond description.

God m…

Be a little salt

Ever wonder why Jesus left his disciples with the idea of being 'salt on this earth'? We don't fully appreciate salt these days because we aren't as accustomed to how it was used during the times Jesus spoke those words. We often have to put ourselves into the culture where the words are being recorded in order to fully comprehend the significance of their meaning. In the days of the disciples, salt was a basic "staple" of life. It was that which acted as "preservation" for everything. It also was the main seasoning of the dishes prepared - although there were other spices, salt was a 'staple'. Perhaps we would do well to look at some of the other functions of salt in order to see what Jesus may have meant when he referred to our lives a salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of the earth.

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltin…

What goes in...

We can 'swallow' things both in the literal sense and in a figurative manner. Swallow your mashed potatoes and meatloaf at dinner and you have eaten dinner. Swallow a really bad scheme and you have potentially set out on a path you will come to regret. What goes into a man or woman is as important as what comes out! When the right stuff goes in - the right stuff is more likely to come out! So many times we focus more on what "goes into" the body and completely miss the importance of what it is that "comes out" of that same man or woman in the form of action, attitude, and exemplified values. There was this day when the disciples were being criticized for not "washing" prior to partaking of their meal. Trust me, this was not based upon a real concern that the disciples practiced good hand-hygiene to reduce the spread of micro-organisms! It was a "custom", plain and simple, that they were 'bypassing' - and that drew the attention o…