Welcome to 2015. You are half way through the first month and already it seems you have so much to do and so little time to do it. Deadlines, resolutions, schedules all intermingle to form mounds of mini freak outs and sleepless nights. Your time is taken by worry, stress, and work, and your mind races away dragging you along behind.
I know it does. While some amount of stress is unavoidable if we are to get anything done at all, MOST of our stress comes from places that are not healthy, and not godly.
What does the Bible say about worry and stress?
Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Matthew 6:34 – Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.
Philippians 4:19 – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.
And these are just a few verses!
I know it’s not easy to fight the whole world. I know it’s not easy for some to live everyday swimming only to keep your head above water. It’s hard. Seasons of life are hard sometimes, but God is always faithful. And the seasons of life that are the hardest are the seasons when we can either let God draw us close and comfort us, or we can push Him away and try to handle it all ourselves.
See, this world, if you will let it, will take you by the hand and yell at you, “This is important! And this is important! Worry about this! And this!” And every day, you need to pull your hand away and put it around those you love and say, “No, this is important.”
As long as we continue to worry, and continue to put ourselves first by trying to do it all or worry about it all, we put our loved ones last. Sometimes God gives us more than we can handle to prove that He is truly the only one in our lives who can handle it, and we need to run to Him. Some might be surprised to hear this, but we can not control everything, we are not God! And worrying about what we can not control is as useless as a hamster running on a wheel. We will be very tired, but it will have gotten us no where.
When I am overwhelmed at work, at home, in friendships, in life in general, I have a list that I literally recite to myself of three things are most important to me, and I’m reminded that everything else just, well, isn’t.
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of every day life, and let it make you become a raging lunatic, honestly, but is that the way God has asked us to live? Or has He commanded us to do His will, do our part, pray for his peace, and leave the rest in His hands?
This year, 2015, let us be people of peace. Let us be people that do what we know is right and trust our God with the rest. Let us be people that takes control back from our schedules, and from what the world yells is important. Let us in prayer, take everything to God, and let us remember what is truly important in our lives.