How To Overcome Stress
Have you ever felt overwhelmed?
I was speaking with a close friend recently. He said, “I just don’t seem to be as happy as I used to be.”
As soon as he said it, I knew exactly what he was talking about. You see, my friend was feeling overwhelmed.
Often times, we become so overwhelmed with our present problems that we let them stack up. Sometimes, we even let them compound to the point that they steal our joy. And when left unchecked… stress can lead to depression.
You Are Not Alone.
As a pastor, my life doesn’t always look exactly like I wanted. I spend a lot of time dealing with seemingly overwhelming issues. I had to make a decision early on… a decision to not let these challenges get the best of me.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:23 (NIV) Frankly, it took me a long time to learn how to enjoy the little things in life… to learn to enjoy the beauty of the moment.
Trust Me, It’s Worth the Effort!
Scientists have proven that stress overloads the brain with powerful hormones that damage and kill brain cells. So don’t allow yourself to get aggravated all the time. It’s not healthy. Right now, I believe your spirit man is sounding an alarm for you to wake up. He wants you to realize that you can’t experience complete peace and comfort under the kind of schedule, pressure, and deadlines that you have placed on yourself.
This Has To Stop!
Stop means to cease, to discontinue, and to put an end to, but it’s also a pretty relevant acronym.
S.T.O.P. = Stop, Observe, and Plan You see, God’s plan and design for your life does not include the pain and strain of feeling overwhelmed. If that’s where you are right now… let me tell you very clearly, you have the power to make it S.T.O.P.
So what’s the plan?
Jesus said, “Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:30 (MSG) Know that He has the whole world in His hands. Know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. Know that He has a purpose and a plan for your life. You see, I’ve read the back of the Book, and the truth is… we win! So today, realize that happiness doesn’t mean everything is perfect. Then, make a decision to look beyond the imperfections.
Say, “Even if everything isn’t right today, I have hope that it can be right tomorrow.” Then smile because you are closer to your breakthrough today then you were yesterday.
Do you have any special way of staying unstressed? Post a comment and share them with us.