Then I thought about it.
I stopped laughing.
There are days that description fits me. (According to my wife, today is that day.) I know people who fit that description. (Everyone who reads my blog and knows me are now thinking, "Is he talking about me?" - Maybe.)
All of us have had our bad days, foul attitudes and stressful moments that have brought out the worst in us.
“I have commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (CEV)
Stress is a part of life, but what we do with it matters.
#1 - Don't Worship It
If you let stress master your life, you are worshipping, or yielding to its desires. Your brain is telling you, "You've got to do this now, now, now, now, now. Remember the kid in school who kept poking you over and over saying, "Whatcha Doin? Whatcha Doin? Whatcha Doin? Whatcha Doin?"
Tell you brain the same thing you told the kid. Shut Up!
#2 - Harness It
Take the stress and turn into something good. Use it to help you achieve those God's given goals that He has placed in your life.
#3 - Accept Your Limitations
Often, we are stressed because we lack resources, time, knowledge, money or man power. Accept that you can't be every where and do everything all the time. Never be ashamed to say, "I cannot do that right now."
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I will worship You today, not my stress. AMEN