Pastors Note July 2013

’m not sure if this is true but I read recently that in America they consume 165 tons of aspirin a day. That’s a lot of headaches and my guess is that many are stress related! Stress is such a big deal these days you can even go on stress management courses! At one such course the lecturer held a glass of water in his hand and asked the participants, “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.”

He continued, “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. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down, don’t carry it home you can pick it up tomorrow.”

I don’t know about you but I think that makes a lot of sense. In the Bible we read, Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. 1 Peter 5:7

Elsewhere we read,  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 

Some practical advice I received years ago has stayed with me … When you can’t sleep – it’s time to stop counting sheep and start talking to the Shepherd! I find it works every time!

Have a great summer

Dave

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