How Do You Respond?

Each of us process things differently in response to what’s raging within us and around us. Some pull away and others draw closer. Some are silent and others feel they have to get things off their chest. Some are paralyzed, while others are compelled to action. Some deal with things head on and others just want to run away from it all. Some rise to the occasion and others just crumble under the pressure. Some run to Jesus and others just get flat angry with God. Is there a right and a wrong way to deal with the pressures of this life?  Probably! However, there are some things that are true for us all. Here is what I have learned by watching all kinds of people dealing with all kinds of internal and external stress.

 WE ALL FALL DOWN

We all have a breaking point. We all have human limitations. We all fall down if enough junk is piled up on our chest and sitting on our plate. Yes, we were made in the image of God, but we are not God. We don’t have all the answers. We don’t have unlimited strength. And, we can’t handle alone all that life throws at us. Anyone who says they have it all under control is bound for a rude awakening.

(Isaiah 40:28-30) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall;

 (Romans 3:23) ..ALL …. fall short of the glory of God,

 WE ALL NEED JESUS

Not just for hope in the next life, but for this life. Jesus is not just for people with greater weakness and self-esteem issues. Jesus was sent to this earth to save us, to heal us, to comfort us, and to carry us all through a world that once was hopeless. Jesus is not just a figure of our imagination, but is our only hope. Certain things can numb the pain temporarily. But, only Jesus can fill the deepest need within each of us with a peace and hope this world just can’t offer.

(Matthew 11:28) Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

(Isaiah 40:31) …those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

(Hebrews 6:19) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

 WE ALL NEED EACH OTHER

Many men and even some women have been raised to think we shouldn’t talk about our hardships with others. You know, it might affect our image and let people know we aren’t perfect. NEWS FLASH, there are no perfect people living on planet earth in human form. We all make mistakes, we all have stress, and we all have junk in the trunk. When you fall down and you often will….you have to make sure that you’ve surrounded yourself with others who can be there to pick you up.

(Genesis 2:18) The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? … Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 WE ALL NEED TO PROCESS THINGS

The person who holds things inside is like a volcano just waiting to erupt. Day after day things are pocketed and buried. These are things that need to be processed and worked through as soon as possible. The more time we allow things to linger the more they grow into multiple issues. Processing things with a trust friend, family member, or total stranger is healing to the soul. It may not fix a thing, but it will get some much need things off your chest. And, if you seek wise counsel you may discover some much needed insight as you seek to process those things weighing on your heart and mind.

(James 5:16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 WE ALL NEED “HEALTHY” BOUNDARIES

I have seen firsthand that some people deal with more craziness than others. When your life’s plate is full be careful what else you put on it. When your mind is already on overload be careful what you listen to, watch, and expose yourself to at that moment. Part of maturing is learning balance and how to set healthy boundaries. Don’t allow everything around you or the people around you to dictate your heart rate, but proactively guard your heart and mind when possible.

(1 Corinthians 10:23) 23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

(Matthew 5:37) Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

 *There is so much more that can be written on this matter. But, I simply seek to share what God impresses upon my heart at the time. I pray this helps someone in this joureny called life!

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