Yesterday I read an article that stated it is not stress and anxiety that gets to us it’s how we perceive them that gets to us. If we believe them to be bad and something to be avoided they become things to be feared and well, stressful in them selves. If by contrast we believe stress and anxiety to be good things we can use them for forward momentum. The link to the article is below.
This morning when I reflected on today’s readings from Romans and Psalm 124, I got the impression that self-management can be stressful and anxiety provoking. The solution in Romans of course was very clear. “Present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life.” God is there for us. According to Psalm 124, though we could’ve been swallowed alive, swept away by raging waters, or caught in a fowler’s snare (then ripped apart, cooked, and eaten), or some such other calamity, we can be confident that “our help is in the name of the Lord.”
Stress and anxiety are good. They motivate us to keep on our toes and be aware, which is much better than being half awake and missing everything, bad (like sin) and good (like God in our lives).
So bring it on! We’ll keep our eyes focused where the help is from, not how we feel.
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