Stressful lifestyles are prevalent in the twenty first century. Stress can be a good thing, if it is mild and simply serves to motivate and jump start your body. It can become a problem, though, when you begin to feel like your family and work obligations are less like normal activities and more like a frantic juggling act. We’ve all been there; it’s when these pressures become the norm, rather than the exception, that you feel a tightening in the pit of your stomach. When your daily activities are consistently hectic and all your time is scheduled down to the hour and minute, with unreasonably urgent deadlines, that’s a surefire clue that something has to change.
Short fuses and long lists of health issues are characteristic byproducts of our lives spiraling out of control. There needs to be a sense of calm restored to balance all the fast-paced anxiety trying to overwhelm us. Our bodies are equipped to handle stress, but not on a continuing basis. There are ways to stop living as if we can handle anything and everything without consequence. We can restore peace of mind and consequently healthy bodies, if we take action by implementing a sensible plan.
God did not say that life would be uncomplicated, but He did equip us with the resources to cope. A Christian’s first line of defense is his or her faith. Knowing that God is aware of you, that He has a plan for your life and that He wants peace to dominate your inner being, can cause you to turn away from yourself and toward Him for solutions to your problems. God designed us with the ability to communicate with Him through prayer and by reading His Word, the bible. That’s why it is most sensible to invest a few minutes the first thing every day with God. Let him know your concerns and wait expectantly for answers.
It is the independent spirit that stumbles when calamity strikes. God wants us to need Him. We are so conditioned by the world to become better, smarter, faster, or whatever. But the world is ruled by darkness and lies. Satan wants you to be self-sufficient because then he can be certain that you will fail. Don’t fall for pressuring tactics that have you striving to get through your stress by yourself. God is waiting for you to find your strength in Him!