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How long should I allow stress to keep me from enjoying life? Can I do something before it ruins my health as well?
Either kill the stress or be killed by it.
People work under stress all day, leave for home to face a different kind of stress, then go on a dream vacation to stress on how they are going to pay for it.
I don’t have to look for stress. It will find me and take me down if I don’t find a way to cope.
“Just relax. Everything will be okay.”
Is that what I’m supposed to say to the noose tied around my neck? Around the world, over 150,000 people die each day from disease, accidents, and disasters. Some deaths are self-inflicted. Others are due to unknown causes. Death might come from what we call an “act of God.” Death is everywhere, and it can come to anyone at any time.
Everybody is going to die. It’s not a matter of “if” but of “when.” Knowing I might die today, how could I not be stressed?
If I’m not worried about dying, I can go on with life.
People who don’t know the Lord have a good reason to be stressed. No matter how well off they are right now, they’re headed for trouble. The more they have, the more they stand to lose.
Sadly, many Christians shouldn’t be stressed, yet they still are. Why? Stress happens when we lose sight of God’s present control and our future glory.
Christians are the most miserable people on Earth when their hopes are wrapped up in what they have here. That’s what the apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:19. How could Christians be more miserable than unbelievers? They aren’t getting to enjoy all the pleasures of this world, and they don’t see the priceless riches of an eternal walk with the Lord.
I kill stress by knowing God is in control of my life.
When my life is in his hands, I can enjoy today and know my future is secure, better than anything I could have without him. I can tell myself, “Just relax. Everything will be okay,” and know it’s true.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even if they have died, and those who are living and believe in me will never die.” — John 11:25–26