The days are too long, the nights too short, there’s too much to do and not enough time. Do you feel like the chief rat in the rat race? A verifiable 89% of all Americans from time to time suffer from chronic stress syndrome. One company was having such a problem with their executive team, they brought in a consulting firm to find out why. They found that 21 of the 22 executives in this company were suffering from such stress, it was causing physical illness—ulcers, high blood pressure, and depression.
But not just executives suffer from stress. Youth doesn’t give you immunity. Anyone at any age, teenagers and children included these days, can fall prey to pressure and need to de-stress.
It’s a fact that 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are due to stress-related disorders and illnesses. We are emotionally fatigued, physically drained, and spiritually defeated due to stress. Stress not only kills your enjoyment of life; you’re also more vulnerable to attacks from the devil. You’re more prone to argue over little things. Minor irritations become mountains when you’re stressed
How do we define stress?
Stress is the gap between the demands placed on you and your
ability to meet those demands.
The difference between the two is what creates stress.
On one side are all our responsibilities, demands of life, opportunities, and things we want to do and ought to do. On the other side are our inabilities, faults, weaknesses, and sinfulness. We say, “I want to, I ought to—but I can’t.” Our ensuing frustration brings stress upon stress.
Does this sound familiar? Are you drained? Do you hear yourself saying, “I just can’t go on!”
Thank God, He will help us de-stress.
God tells us in His Word what He will do when we’re stressed if we will only listen and follow His direction.