For the month of April I thought it would be fun to make up some new words. Why not? And this will be a way to talk about some topics we all deal with in life, and see what God’s “word wisdom” is on these topics. This week we will look at the word “destressurization”. How much stress are we supposed to have?
Have you ever blown up a balloon so much that it popped? I have. I like to live dangerously. So when I blow up a balloon I like it to be huge – like the-outside-is-so-thin-you-can-basically-see-through-the-balloon huge. Of course, this doesn’t lead to much durability – one little nick or scratch and POP!
You can see where I am going – you don’t want to be so stressed that one little problem makes you go POP! But here is the thing – a balloon is made to be inflated. We are supposed to have some stress in our lives. If we had none we wouldn’t get anything done. But how much stress is too much?
Here are some thoughts from the Bible:
- Proverbs 15:19 says a lazy person’s way is blocked with briers. Laziness and having no stress is not the way to a fulfilling and godly life.
- Jesus taught us not to worry about the wrong things – but to seek the Kingdom above all else (Matt 6:28-34). We need to be stressed and motivated for the things of God. We need to be less stressed about the worries of life.
- Philippians 4:6 says we don’t need to be anxious – that level of stress where we are going to pop. Prayer connects us to God and can lower our stress, and bring us thankfulness. Thankfulness is an antidote to stress!
- 1 Peter 5:7 says to cast all our anxieties on God, because He cares for us.
- Proverbs 15:22 says that plans fail for a lack of advice, but many advisers bring success. We need to make plans, get godly advice, and then be disciplined and keep the plans. Plans help stress stay in the good range of stress.
We are like balloons, made to soar. This means we need to be filled with the life of Christ – which will stretch us. But Christ will not bring us to the point of popping – that happens when we add too much in our lives. It takes wisdom to know if we are following God’s plan or our own.
In my own life I get plenty stressed, and even anxious at times. Between people in church, and my kids, and finances, and even mowing the lawn (which I don’t do often enough!) there is plenty to worry about in my life. I have to make a deliberate choice every day to give my worries to Him, make plans with Christ, and work as hard as I can – knowing He will take care of the rest. Sometimes I take 15 minutes in the middle of a stressful day to be still and silent and just think. It really helps! Each year I am finding that I am learning how to fly a little higher and lighter with Jesus. He is actually giving me more to carry each year, but I am learning how to spend my time, and let Him carry me, and trust Him more.
Soar with Jesus, be filled with His life, may He stretch you! But also don’t add in more than God wants. Life with Christ is full of joy – and destressurization.