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Manage your Stress

Author: UEC Team
Date: July 4, 2016

Bible Meditation

[ecko_quote source="1 Peter 5:7"]casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully][/ecko_quote]

Devotional Thought

A lecturer, while explaining stress management to the student, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water? “Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, “the absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes to me”

He continued, ‘‘and that’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on. We need to put them down and be refreshed”.

Jesus gives us the simple solution to all our burdens, cares and problems: come to Him and be refreshed. Jesus said “come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). Many times we try to hold onto our burdens like that cup of water, but as we do our burdens just get heavier and heavier.

We must learn to put those burdens down and be refreshed in His presence. He will carry us and help us in our time of need.

Action Point

All we have to do is cast everything upon Him because He cares for us! I am writing this out of my experience and have been experiencing stress through various interaction with people/church groups/fellowships. Follow the Word surely it works because it has been working for me.

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