I have been watching people lately. I have been noticing the busy-ness of their lives and the stress on their faces and in their voices. They are all stressed to the max. I am even more amazed that the adults are causing this situation for their children, as well. The children are mimicking the adults in every way. They are involved in too many activities, stressed about schedules, homework, and friends. The children are over eating, yelling, crying, unhappy and in poor health. I have been there myself on many an occasion. I am a terrible one for saying “No” and taking on too many projects while working full-time. It harmed my health, my emotions and my spiritual life. It is no way to live. I don’t think God intended for us to live this way at all, but I think God knows we are humans and has given us the answer in His word.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.
You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.
There is a lot of good common sense in these scriptures. First of all, if we are stressed we need to go to God with our problem. Yet, so many times we put him last or maybe even not at all in our lives, because we have no time. We have chosen the busy things of life over God. We need to go to God and ask Him to prioritize our lives and have him tells us what we should be involved in and not involved in. If we are stressed about a situation, then go to God. He is full of wisdom and can guide us through anything. If we stressed to the point of being depressed we need to get around some other Christians and share encouraging words with one another. Most importantly we need to depend on God and not on ourselves. We need to not be trying to accomplish everything on our own. We need to be focused on God and trust Him. The more we are in His Word or in prayer we will see God’s Will and see His provision and learn to trust Him. We will gain His peace. Our stress will disappear.
So if you are stressed, then now is the time to stop and bow your head in prayer and open up your Bible and read. The other stuff can wait.