How To De-stress Your Life

September 25, 2010 at 4:14 PM Leave a comment


Stress

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By Deryl S. Lampkin

What is stress? Stress is defined as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.

Much of the stress in our lives comes from the many demands and pressures of life we subject ourselves to. I believe that this stress is the result of two primary factors.

  1. Us concerning ourselves with more than what is required to live today.
  2. How divided our time is.

Time and the Dividing of Time

We all are given 24 hours a day to accomplish whatever we need to do for that day. In the run of a day, we allocate or spend time doing certain activities. How our time is divided is base upon who or what we have to share portions of our time with and what we need or choose to accomplish for that day.

Starting out, from God’s point of view, you need time for God and time for yourself. This divides your 24 hours by 2. Next if you have a job, now 3 divide that same 24 hours. If you have a spouse or significant other in your life, 4 divide the 24 hours.  Then if you have children and pets, then add the number of each to the equation. So as you can clearly see, the more things you add to your life, the more you have to sub-divide your 24 hours. Now take into account other things like commute time, washing, cleaning house, shopping, TV watching, Internet activity, and the list goes on and on.

When you do the math, you will find that some things are likely to go lacking and many times one of the major things that go lacking is quality time spent with God and attending to the business of God. Quality time spent with God is a stress reliever. It relieves stress because in that time spent, God will comfort you and direct you in how to manage your affairs. He will show you what things need to be eliminated and what things need to be integrated into your life and schedule.

Secondly, we all to often, take on more burden and responsibility than necessary. We worry about tomorrow and the future. We worry about things that we can do virtually nothing about. God has instructed us on how to approach life. The basic things we should concern ourselves with are:

Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

 

Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What  shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.

When we focus in on these things and bring our daily concerns and activities in alignment with these things along with loving one another, we will begin to see and feel less stress in our lives.

One final word, there is good stress and bad stress. Good stress is when you experience opposition and trial and tribulation as a result of being obedient to God. Bad stress is stress resulting from disobedience and violation of sound principles and good counsel.

Employing these basic principles will help you to de-stress and be blessed one day at a time.

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