All of us have it. For some that do not get it under control, it will kill them. For others, the effects can create lots of issues emotionally, relationally, spiritually, financially, socially, and professionally. It has been known to press otherwise good people to become alcoholics, drug addicts, sexually immoral, or become a medical emergency waiting to happen. What is the malady that affects so many people? Stress!
Some find relief in making light of stress. Here are a few of those comments from the light-hearted among us….
It’s only natural that stressed-out people eat more desserts, because “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts.” If that’s true, there’s a lot of stress between Thanksgiving and New Year.
———————————————————————————————Who can ever forget Winston Churchill’s immortal words: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, and we shall fight in the hills.” It sounds exactly like our family vacation.
———————————————————————————————One man, while browsing in a Christian bookstore, discovered a shelf of “reduced price” items. Among the items was a little figurine of a man and woman, their heads lovingly tilted toward one another. “Happy 10th Anniversary,” read the inscription. It appeared to be in perfect condition, yet its tag indicated “damaged.” Examining it more closely, he found another tag underneath and chuckled— “Wife is coming unglued.”
———————————————————————————————Biblically, there are many verses that provide hope and help to live under the pressures of life. By seeking the LORD and living according to His will, we are able to overcome versus being overwhelmed. Abraham felt stress when Sarah when she was the guest of King Abimelech and he lied saying she was his sister. Jacob felt stress when he was about to meet Esau long after the time that he cheated his brother. Moses was greatly stressed with the pressure of leading the Children of Israel and Jethro gave him wise counsel about delegating his responsibilities.
Bible verses give Christians God’s guidance in overcoming stress…..
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear. Psalm 118:5-6 – When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. John 14:27 – Peace be with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.