Pastor's Corner

27 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

Now that the presents are unwrapped and the guests have gone home, I guess the stress level drops, right?  Not exactly.  Now that Christmas is over we have to worry with getting all those decorations down and back up in the attic.  We have to worry with New Year resolutions, health issues and replacing that major appliance that broke over Christmas.  It seems like that there is never a season to just rest.  Stress follows us no matter what the season or weather.  Don’t worry, you are not alone.  The American Psychological Association’s newest “Stress in America” survey of 3,440 adults shows the public’s overall stress level remains the same as last year’s.  On average most Americans rank their stress right in the middle of a 10 point scale. But how we respond to stress is changing. 

The study discovered that fewer Americans are turning to prayer as a stress reliever.  According to the study only 29 percent of Americans polled said they pray to relieve stress.

What do Americans do for stress relief?  Some turn to alternative spiritual practices such as meditation and yoga, (About 12 percent). The two most popular ways to relieve stress are listening to music (47 percent), and exercising (46 percent).  In the report Kevin L. Ladd, a professor of psychology at Indiana University South Bend, said it makes sense that, as society grows less religious in the traditional sense, fewer people are turning to prayer.

Professor Ladd may have a point.  The more we get away from church the more we get away from God.  But we are warned about this is Scripture.  Yes, stay in church, but we are warned about being too involved in too many things.  The busier we are the less time and attention we give to resting our brain.  That is what causes stress and that is what God warns us about in His word.  He gives us a day of rest to recharge, but also to refocus.  There is something to be said about getting alone and still for a few moments with your thoughts and the Lord.  Call it prayer, call it meditation, whatever, it is getting alone with God. 

We don’t need another study to tell us that we are stressed, what we need is more reminders of what we know works, downtime!  If at all possible during the next few days find a few minutes to give completely to the Lord.  Be still and let Him renew and speak to you! 

“Be still, and know that I am God;   Psalm 46:10

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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