There is a lot that causes us stress that can be avoided. What I’ve learned by studying and preaching a series on the topic of stress is that so much of stress falls into the category of perspective. For example I’ve seen issues that could stress one person to a point of being unbearable, barely phase another person. I wondered, how could it be that the issue was identical but in one person it buried them in stress where the other person was barely impacted by it? I also discovered that perspective is more than just optomism. Perspective is developed by a number of different factors, the most fundamental being the “premise” we live our lives by.
Stress is a reality of living on planet earth. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what stage of life you’re in, stress is present. Jesus Himself said, “in the world you will have stress…” (John 16:33). The presence of stress is not the surprise, the surprise is how some seem to weather it and some are completely immobilized by it. What makes the difference? Over the next few weeks, both at the weekend services and a special series of posts here on the blog, we will discuss some of the key factors that make the biggest difference when it comes to stress.