James 1:2-4 says” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 12:2 says” Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Each of us will face stress in this life because we can not control what happens in life. The only thing we can control is how we are going to react to it, and so with that being said Jesus has given us many scriptures to help us with stress.
We know that stress comes from a list of so many things for example:
- Relationships Stress at work Responsibilities
- Stress at work Health Emotional Problems
- responsibilities Life Changes Money
- Health Fear Family
I do believe that we as humans bring more stress on us then necessary, for instance, we try to fit into the pattern of this world. When we are on our jobs we want everyone to like us so we get involved in what I call those office politics. We go to PTA meetings at school and we want to be like the rest of the moms, so we talk like they do we dress like they do we get caught up in all the gossip. And before long we end up imitating them and losing ourselves in the process.
Because we don’t do what the scriptures says we add more stress to our lives, life itself is full of problems, why in the world would anyone add more problems on top of what is already there?
We will always have stress because of sin, but God has given us a way to avoid stress in our lives and yet we ignore it, why? Because we want to be apart of the world. When we take on the pattern of this world we find ourselves so frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted that the only thing that brings calmness to us is a visit to the doctor’s office and with prescribe medicine to relax us. God never intended for us to be so out of whack that we have to take drugs to relax us.
So the next time you find yourself stressed out ask yourself one question, ” what part of the world were you trying to pattern? Once we stop pattern the world we will be at peace, can’t be at peace and be a friend to this world at the same time.
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