Blessed or Stressed?

26 Nov

Is this a fair question to ask during the times in which we live? Our news is packed with disturbing details! We are challenged daily to find the bodies of information that matter to us and we search desperately to discard the rest in a safe place just in case we may need that information at another time. For every 10 news reports we hear only one that seems to have positive/ redeeming qualities. THAT is stress inducing!

Did I mention life in general?

Obligations, situations, ramifications, insinuations, clarifications, deliberations, destinations can boggle the mind.

Do you know what stress is?

By definition it is “pressure or tension exerted on a material object; a state of mental or emotional tension…”

Did you ever notice that many “material objects ” bounce back from stress? I was thinking palm trees that sway and bend in the wind, but they do not snap. An airplane rising upward against atmospheric pressure generally wins against the stress. I think of my back yard and how the grass bounces back after anyone’s feet pound the little blades flat while walking. Even my arm muscles bounced back yesterday as I carried in bags of groceries from the car that were very heavy and upon setting the bags on the table my arms felt relief and were ready to carry more.

Other stressors are not as easy going when it comes to bouncing back. Disappointments, deaths, failures and fumbles can really take a toll making us feel weary and even inept.

When we buckle under our stressors, which we all will do at one time or another, it is because our mind has played tricks on us. Our brain has emphasized our blunders instead of our blessings. In general, blessings are all around yet we concentrate on the blunders. When we do that, we miss the opportunity to see what God would have us do–“Count it all joy.”

James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

Melissa Horvath puts it this way in her book YOU GOT THIS: “…recall the good the Lord has done for you–even the smallest things like shoes on your feet and pennies in your pocket…live in God’s grace.”

Philippians 4:6-7 Be Anxious for nothing Do not be anxious image 1

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