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!…
As I sit in my home office, writing this post, another news caster remind listeners of the End of The World. When will it supposedly be? Friday, December 21st. As I look at my world clock, its 9:33 am, Friday the 21st, in Okinawa Japan. I guess it would be safe to ask, when the Mayans predicted this, what time zone did they have in mind? Doomsday preparers believe this time is only hours away and they are in preparations. Many are having parties, many are trying to hook up with others who have shelters and these people are serious.
What time Friday will it happen? Will it be shortly after 11:59 pm? Hmm…I wonder how many churches will be having service tonight? Come to think of it, I didn’t here any religious broadcast shows talk about the doomsday prediction. ” Hey..did you hear that tomorrow is supposed to be the end of the world? …My wife asks? I replied…”yup”. Twelve years ago we had “Y2K” and it was a big money maker for many IT companies and computer manufactures and what happened on 12:00 midnight December 31st 1999? Nothing! Read more on THE END OF THE WORLD 2012 – Another Doomsday Prediction…
There was a song we use to sing in the church about the goodness of God, a verse when like this: “God is Good…” And those singing along would reply…”All the time…”. My question to you is, what’s your response when it feels like God has forgotten you or you can’t feel nor see the goodness of God in your situation?
You can not spiritualize a response by saying, “you need more faith” , “you don’t pray enough” and “if you attended church like me” nor can you call into question the salvation or standing that one has in The Lord. There are many in the church, who feel as if they have mastered the art of prayer, God really listens to them and they are THE example of a Holy and consecrated life. What I would submit to you is, these same self appointed church goers, won’t know a thing about empathy or bearing the infirmities of the weak. Saint and sinner alike, We have real people problems, attitudes, nasty dispositions and vices we need deliverance from! Read more on Gods Goodness in These Trying Times….