Stressing Out? Cut It Out!

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Oh how much I appreciate this verse and yet this same helpful verse escapes my mind. If anyone knows anything about stress, I am one of many. I cannot even tell you how many times I have been stressed, whether it is over school, my job, my family, my friendships, and my life in general! I am pretty sure I have stressed over everything. There have been times where I have stressed myself out so much that I gave myself ulcers. That was just in high school and now I am in college and the stress has only gotten worse. Why do I stress so much you might ask? I can give you a million and one reasons why I stress, “There isn’t enough time to get anything done in my life; I need to make sure I have money for things, I need to get things done on time, I, I, I, me, me, and me…” And there it is! I am all self-focused instead of Christ-focused!

Matthew 10:39 “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Some of you may read this and think “Duh,” but it is so easy for anyone to fall into this trap of the self. I can testify to falling into this snare more times than I can count. A big situation I always find myself stressing out about is what will happen to me in the present. If I make a wrong decision what are the present or future consequences? This is a reason as to why I do not like making split second decisions because I am so uncertain of the outcome. This uncertainty of mine is only fear. I am letting myself fear so many things that it only causes me mental, physical, emotional and spiritual worry. But as Jesus says in Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Thank you Kate McCallum for making me memorize this verse! Why should I worry about tomorrow? There is no legit reason why I should worry so much about anything. The Lord sent Jesus Christ to us on earth to save us from eternal death and torture. I have been a Christian long enough to know that I am not afraid of death and that I do not have to worry about where I am going to end up when it comes to eternity. I know that I am going to be in heaven with Jesus and the Lord for eternity. What a relief! John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” There it is, in Scripture, those amazing and soothing words “shall not perish, but have eternal life.” This is an ultimate show of how much the Lord loves me and how much He is willing to do to help me get through my “stressful” life.

How do I get myself to stop stressing out? I stop thinking about myself and focus on Christ and others. I find it a lot easier to let go of my stress when I try to help others who I know are struggling and I appreciate that the Lord has given me compassion in order to help others. A lot of the time I do not even realize the stress is gone until after I have seen how happy I can make others. That is really how useless and meaningless stress is to me. It is easily forgotten as soon as I stop thinking that “Me-Me-Me” syndrome. Thanks to the Lord and Jesus, I can forget about my worries and let the Lord use me to reach out and love others who are also stressing out about the world.

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