As the year 2013 comes to a close and the reality of overspending sinks in with many holiday shoppers, the though of making that New Years resolution is being considered. How was your 2013? Are you anticipating the New Year? For many, 2013 may have been a prosperous year, while for others it is a year they will gladly distance themselves from. Last year, perhaps you started a new job; only because you were laid off or you quit.
Families in 2013 have endured much with the losing of a loved one, a home or even their sources of income. Is the family unite stronger? Are we communicating with, respecting and loving each other because of the hard-times we’ve endured? Are we still struggling to communicate with each other? So much has happened with the passing of time that when the Christmas season is upon us, we take a break for the moment, only because the season of giving is upon us. Once all the cheering and giving is over, its back to our corners, back to fighting, back to using and manipulating each other.
How do you spend your time? Well, of course that’s your business, but consider this; do you spend it alone? Do you spend it always with others only because your fearful of being alone? Why do we pour so much time into events, children, loved ones and we totally forget about ourselves? When was the last time YOU read a book, when was the last time YOU enjoyed a sunset or listened to your favorite song? Don’t you think its time for a change? Not because its the New Year, because its time for a change for the better!
The passing year, may have been heart breaking, tragic, rewarding or maybe your life was/is moving in slow motion, but one thing is for certain: How you finish this year, is exactly how you will start 2014. Think about it…if you end the year 2013 in a troubled relationship, that’s how your new year will start, in a troubled relationship. I could go on with a list of examples, my point is to make you think about the nothing or the non productive, self destructive, depressing things you’ve been doing all year long and do something productive, exciting, life changing for YOU or someone you love in this New Year. Don’t resolve a thing! DO Something different! Why spend your new year trying to ” re-solve” ( Synonymous with resolute) something you’ve had No Success At!
What’s important to you? If its not you, then most likely you spend your time doing things that’s about other people and your last or forgotten on your own list of things to do.
Stress is a part of living and some people deal with it differently. Some will go for a run, others will work out at the gym and some will seek out help in the form of a friend lending a listening ear.
The word “stress“ is used when we feel things going on, are too much for one to handle; we feel overwhelmed, overloaded and then worry how we’re going to make it through that situation.
Stress in the life of the believer causes us to forget, and what we forget is the very thing that will strengthen us and carry us through any stressful moment. Believers will also shy away from telling another believer (let alone the pastor) about the stress they are feeling and what they are going through because, just last week you gave such a victorious testimony and you can’t appear or be seen as going through! What can strengthen me and carry me through stressful times…keep reading, I’m almost there.
Fear is another element that will accompany your stress. When we feel the stressors of life, fear will creep in because we are wondering what to do, how to do it or if we’ll have the resources to make it. Stress and fear are very real things to deal with and the one thing that will not help are those nice catchy, clichés we often speak about and use in the church. Not only do we speak these clichés in the church, its apart of our Christian social circles. What clichés? I want to focus on a few, still prevalent in the church today and their use is preceded with the question…”How are you?’ and the typical canned responses are usually:
- Blessed of the Lord…
- I’m too blessed to be stressed!
- I’m blesses of the Lord and Highly Favored. Read more on What to do when you’re too stressed to feel blessed!…