These past several weeks, I’ve been much busier than usual. I won’t bore you with the details of mom life, just trust me when I say I haven’t had much free time. Honestly, it’s been a challenge to keep up with house work. But, I guess if I were being totally honest, that isn’t all that abnormal.
It’s extremely easy for us to succumb to sin during times of both boredom and busyness.
When we become busy, our stress-level goes up. When we’re stressed, we generally don’t behave the way we ought to, as Christians. My Bible study group is about to go through the book of Job. I think Job can relate to feelings of stress…just a little bit. What Job says in Job 1:21 always sticks in my head.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
God is good and deserving of our praise when life is good and when life is bad. Glorifying our creator should not be contingent upon our circumstances.
As I am now closer to 30 than 20, I feel I should be learning how to be content, even when life is stressful, chaotic, and busy. If I’m only content when life is good, do I really understand peace? Do I understand joy?
I also think of 1 Corinthians 10:31, which commands us to do everything to the glory of God. We shouldn’t just aim to glorify God in the good times, but in the bad and stressful times as well. We should aim to make wise decisions, even when we’re under pressure. We shouldn’t let our emotions get the best of us. In a way, that’s the opposite of wisdom.
A few years ago, if I became stressed or busy, I would blame all of my sinful behaviors on stress and, in a way, justify my sin. I have to ask myself: is that good enough? Should I not want to be wise, joyful, content, and worshipful even when life is hard?
Further more, I have found that by spending time in prayer, worship, and reading the Word; I can actually bring my stressful level down. Funny how that works, eh? We tend to avoid God when we’re stressed. Don’t do that. Cling to God when life is hard.
To wrap this up, this is a big reason why I’ve been sharing more worship music than usual. I’ve found that is one way I can glorify God AND de-stress. Oh, and here’s another song for you all!
How do you handle stress? I’d love to hear from you!
Take care and God bless