GOD'S WAY OF DEALING WITH STRESS - INTRODUCTION

GOD’S WAY TO DEAL WITH STRESS – INTRODUCTION

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STRESS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON ELEMENTS OF LIFE. FROM THE NEW BORN TO THE ELDERLY, EVERYBODY HAS FALLEN A VICTIM TO IT AT ONE POINT OR THE OTHER. AS A TEACHER, A STUDENT, AND A MINISTER, I HAD TO LEARN HOW TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE STRESS AND REDUCE ITS IMPACT ON MY ACTIVITIES. BUT BEFORE THAT, MY DAYS WERE NOT AS PRODUCTIVE AS THEY COULD HAVE BEEN. TODAY, WE ARE LOOKING AT STRESS FROM GOD’S POINT VIEW.

IF YOU ARE ASKING THESE QUESTIONS “DOES GOD HAVE ANY STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES?” OR “WHAT ARE GOD’S WAYS OF DEALING WITH STRESS?”, TAG ALONG AND FIND OUT.

MY DAY

I AM A MINISTER, A TEACHER, A COACH AND, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A STUDENT. COMBINING ALL THESE WITH WORK COMES WITH ITS OWN SET OF UNIQUE CHALLENGES. FROM THE MOMENT, I WAKE UP (6:30 AM) TO THE MOMENT I GO TO BED (2:00 AM), MY DAYS ARE FILLED WITH APPOINTMENTS, MINISTRY WORK, AND WORK. SO MUCH SO THAT I HAVE LITTLE TIME LEFT TO PLAY. THERE WERE DAYS WHEN I WAS ALMOST STRESSED OUT BY THE WORKLOAD. QUITE RECENTLY I NEARLY BROKE DOWN FROM THE ASSIGNMENTS; THERE WAS JUST SO MUCH TO DO.

THAT WAS WHEN I REALIZED HOW MUCH MY STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES HAS BEEN HELPING ME ALL ALONG. I MEAN, I JUST PAUSED IT FOR TWO DAYS, AND HAD A NEAR BREAKDOWN.

TWO TYPES OF STRESS

STRESS MANAGEMENTTODAY, I’M GOING TO FOCUS ON THE TWO BASIC FORMS OF STRESS; FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DIVERSE TYPES OF STRESS, JANE LOVE HAS GOT YOU COVERED.

  1. GOOD STRESS: ALSO KNOWN AS THE EUSTRESS, THIS IS THE TYPE OF STRESS THAT HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE BODY. IT IS A SHORT-TERM RESPONSE THAT IS CHARACTERIZED BY EXCITEMENT. EXAMPLES WOULD INCLUDE STARTING A NEW JOB, MARRIAGE, GETTING A NEW HOME, HAVING A CHILD, TAKING A VACATION, ETC.

BECAUSE IT IS PERCEIVED AS WITHIN OUR COPING ABILITIES, IT MOTIVATES. THIS MOTIVATION CAUSES A FOCUS OF ENERGY THAT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE.

  1. BAD STRESS: THIS IS THE KIND OF STRESS NOBODY WANTS TO HAVE. BAD STRESS, OR DISTRESS, CAN BE CAUSED BY FACTORS LIKE DEATH OF A SPOUSE, ABUSE, MONEY PROBLEMS, UNEMPLOYMENT, AND THE LIKE. AND IS CHARACTERIZED BY ANXIETY AND DECREASED PERFORMANCE. 

DISTRESS CAN EITHER BE SHORT TERM OR LONG TERM. BUT IN BOTH CASES, IT FEEL UNPLEASANT, PERCEIVED AS BEYOND THE COPING CAPACITIES, AND CAN GENERATE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL PROBLEMS.

IT IS DEFINITELY NOT THE KIND OF STRESS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ON A REGULAR BASIS AS IT NORMALLY COMES WITH BAD NEWS. THAT IS IN CONTRAST TO EUSTRESS THAT ALWAYS BRINGS A SMILE TO YOUR FACE.

NOW, FROM HERE, I WILL BE ADDRESSING DISTRESS IN MY REFERENCE TO STRESS. SO IF I MENTION STRESS, UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE, I MEAN BAD STRESS.

WHAT IS STRESS 😎 

CALM DOWN NOW, NO NEED TO GET WORRIED. I WON’T GO TECHNICAL HERE 🙂 🙂 🙂 ; NO COMPLEX DEFINITIONS AND STUFF. AS IS IMPLIED BY THE NAME, “INTO THE WORD”, WE ARE LOOKING AT EVERYDAY PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD. AND WHAT GOOD IS THE GOOD NEWS IF NOBODY UNDERSTANDS IT, RIGHT 😎 ?

SO, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TERMS LIKE “POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER”, “EPISODIC STRESS” AND THE LIKE, CHECK OUT SOME THESE POSTS FROM KINGSLEY PEACE AND JANE LOVE. THEY’VE GOT WHAT YOU WANT.

OVER HERE, WE ARE GOING TO KEEP IT SIMPLE ENOUGH FOR THE EVERYDAY READER TO UNDERSTAND. I THINK THAT’S RIGHT, WHEN IT HAS TO DO WITH THE GOSPEL, WOULDN’T YOU AGREE?

NOW, HERE IS MY SIMPLE DEFINITION OF STRESS;

“STRESS IS SIMPLY THE RESULT OF PUTTING THE WORRIES AND FEARS OF THIS WORLD BEFORE YOUR FAITH IN GOD”

IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THE “OFFICIAL” DEFINITION, RIGHT? NOT WHAT YOU WOULD FIND IN A DICTIONARY. BUT IT’S TRUE. I’LL EXPLAIN IN A MOMENT. BUT FIRST OF ALL, I’VE GOT TO LAY THE RIGHT FOUNDATIONS BY ASKING, AND ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS.

  1. HAVE YOU EVER FOUND YOURSELF IN A DESPERATE SITUATION, AND NEEDED IMMEDIATE RESCUING? (CLOSE DEADLINE, FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, ETC) WHAT DID YOU DO FIRST OF ALL?
  2. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A DILEMMA WHERE YOU HAD TO CHOOSE CHURCH AND WORK? (WHICH ONE NORMALLY WON?)
  3. WHO WOULD BE THE FIRST NAME IN YOU MIND IF YOU ARE TO CALL FOR HELP? (JESUS, YOUR WIFE, HUSBAND, FRIEND?)

THINK ABOUT THESE HONESTLY AND ANSWER TRUTHFULLY. (WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DID, NOT WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO, HAHA).

TOO BUSY FOR GOD

GOD'S WAY OF DEALING WITH STRESS - INTRODUCTIONMOST PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THIS BUT IT IS TRUE; A LOT OF CHRISTIANS ARE JUST TOO BUSY FOR GOD.

HERE IS THE GENERIC LIFE CYCLE OF THE AVERAGE MAN;

  1. BE BORN (MOST LIKELY NOT)
  2. GROW UP AND GO TO SCHOOL (LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  3. GRADUATE WITH A HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE OR COLLEGE DEGREE (LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  4. GET A GOOD PAYING JOB
  5. MAYBE GET MARRIED (LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  6. HAVE KIDS (LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  7. GROW OLD (WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS, LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  8. RETIRE (WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS, LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  9. PLAY WITH YOUR GRAND KIDS (WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS, LIKELY DISTRESSFUL)
  10. DIE

OF COURSE, THIS LIST WILL VARY FROM ACROSS NATIONS AND CULTURES, BUT IT IS STILL CLOSE ENOUGH FOR EVERYBODY.

NOW WHAT I WANTED YOU TO SEE IS THIS, EVERYTHING WE DO IS CENTERED AROUND MONEY.

THE MAIN REASON WE GO TO SCHOOL IS TO OBTAIN KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. AND THE MAIN REASON WE PAY TO LEARN A SKILL IS BECAUSE IT WILL INCREASE OUR VALUE, AND HOPEFULLY EARN US SOME MONETARY RETURNS SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE. EVEN IF YOU DON’T GO TO SCHOOL, YOU STILL HAVE TO FIND A SKILL THAT CAN EARN YOU A LIVING. OTHERWISE, YOU HAVE TO BEG OR LIVE ON THE STREETS.

SO, FROM THE MOMENT WE START GOING TO SCHOOL, WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE TRAP THAT MANY PEOPLE THAT MANY PEOPLE ALREADY ARE IN.

EVERYBODY IS IN THE RACE TO GET MORE MONEY, BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAS RESPONSIBILITIES. NORMALLY RESPONSIBILITIES INCREASES ON THEM AS THEY GROW OLDER. AND WITH MORE RESPONSIBILITIES, POSSIBLY, COMES MORE STRESS. THAT IS WHERE MOST PEOPLE MAKE THE MISTAKE THAT STRESSES THEM OUT.

GOD’S WAYS OF DEALING WITH STRESS

DEALING WITH STRESS GOD'S WAYMONEY IS ONE OF THE MANY THINGS THAT ARE TAKING THE ATTENTION OF PEOPLE. SOME PEOPLE MIGHT SAY, “I DON’T CARE ABOUT MONEY”. BUT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT THEY DO CARE ABOUT; MAYBE A HOBBY, A HUMANITARIAN VOCATION, ETC. EVERYBODY HAS SOMETHING THEY CARE ABOUT. AND BECAUSE THEY CARE SO MUCH ABOUT IT, THEY TEND TO PUT THEIR ALL INTO IT.

HOWEVER, THEY ALSO TEND TO BE SO CAUGHT UP WITH WORK, AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES, THAT THEY BARELY HAVE TIME FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP IN THEIR LIVES; THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

THAT IS THE MISTAKE THEY MAKE.

HEBREWS 4:10

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.   10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

ALL OF GOD’S STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES ARE FOUND IN HIS WORD. IN THE SCRIPTURE ABOVE HE HELPS US SEE HIS INTENTIONS FOR US, HIS KIDS. GOD AS A LOVING FATHER, RESERVES HIS REST FOR HIS CHILDREN. WHOEVER IS ABLE TO FIND HIMSELF/HERSELF IN THE REST OF GOD SHALL NOT EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF DISTRESS. THOUGH THE FACTORS MAY ARISE, THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS WILL NOT MANIFEST.

SEE IT THIS WAY, WALKING THROUGH A SWAMP DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR TOES WET. IN THE SAME WAY, LIVING IN A STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO BE AFFECTED BY THE STRESS.

THE EFFECT OF STRESS SHOULD NOT CLING TO YOU AS LONG AS YOU FIND YOUR SELF IN THE REST OF GOD. AND THAT IS GOD’S DESIRE FOR US ALL.

WOW, WE’VE GONE FAR ENOUGH FOR TODAY. IN OUR NEXT POST,WE WILL TOUCH ON HOW TO ENTER THE REST OF GOD.

TILL THEN, STAY BLESSED

AND WALK IN THE LOVE OF GOD.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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