122. Stress Management Starts with your Mind
Pastor Rick Warren wrote and spoke about stress management. The stress you experience is truly a battle between your two ears. It is a choice you make. I was offended when I read that for the very first time. Back then, having three small children, dogs, full time career, competitions and teaching, my life was overly full. I was stressed. It showed. When I finally realized the choice to have all those things on my plate was mine, I made a change. A positive one for the three precious individuals in my life. That choice was worthy. It was invaluable. I thought of it, read and meditated on it. Philippians 4:8 states "Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things." The choice to reduce the stress in my life was mine. The loving and close relationships gained out of it were invaluable. More time to play with, read to and be with my kids. Invaluable.
How did reading this affect you? Would you like to lower your own stress? The Bible gives you eight tests for deciding if you should allow something to affect your mind. Ask yourself "if it's good, worthy of praise, true, honorable, right, pure, beautiful and respected?" Does it picture God? Isaiah 26:3 states "You will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you." My busyness suddenly became much less urgent as I learned to treasure the three children that were gifted to me.
I found out it was simple. I had to fix my eyes in God. I realized again how incredible the love I felt from my children and just how worthy they are in and through Him. The choice to lessen my workload became much easier when my eyes were fixed on the King.
What is your choice regarding stress management? Please mark "like" if you liked this post and share freely. Feedback is highly welcome! Blessings, warrior!