Stressed Out

All the water in the ocean never sank a ship – until it got inside


Have you ever heard anyone say they are “stressed out”? That usually means they are out of control due to the effects of stress.

It doesn’t have to be that way. First, let’s define “stress”

Stress: when demands exceed resources

What we think of as “stress” is better referred to as “distress”. Stress is what makes like interesting. It is the essence of the human experience.

Really? You don’t believe me do you?

What is it about a football game (or any form of team sports) that is so interesting? Why do we do crossword and jigsaw puzzles? Hunting or fishing? Just about any form of recreation… Why do we do it?

To create stress! There has to be a reasonable chance of success and a reasonable chance of failure. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be interesting.

When we say “stressed out”, what we should say is “distressed”. The demands have seemingly overwhelmed us. We are often gripped by a form of mental paralysis that makes it even harder for us to cope with the situation.

What “stresses me out” is “stressed out” Christians? As Christians, should we ever be “stressed out”? I don’t think so. Here’s why:

Remember the account of Jesus calming the storm? The disciples were “stressed out” but Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat!

Lot’s of people can recite Phillipians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Look at what it says before that in verses 11 & 12:

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Go back a little further to Phillipians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Even if you don’t accept what the bible says, think of it this way:

All the water in the ocean never sank a ship – until it got inside.

Amen to whoever said that. I would hasten to add that the water actually floats the ship!

That’s what’s on my mind. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.

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Author: Mark Prasek

Christian Technologist. Find me on Twitter @DataGenesis

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