Stress…

Chaplain's Corner

12/07/2009  |  Spc. Christina Dion
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One of the worst states of mind we can find ourselves in is one caused by stress. We may be worried or concerned about a situation in our life or in the lives of our loved ones. For many of us, this is a daily reality as we fret about the economy, our children and their choices, too much work with a paycheck that buys less and less, or whether or not the Panthers will make it to the playoffs. Alright, that last one is a stretch (at least for most of us).

What amazes me about these and other situations is how little control or influence we really have over the outcome. Maybe this is what causes us the most concern - that haunting thought, “What am I going to do?”

I recently came across a simple phrase in the Bible, Isaiah 30:15: “In quietness and trust is your strength.” This verse is simple but challenging. Originally given by God to the Israelites, it called them to depend on Him when their circumstances dictated doing just the opposite. Quietness and trust are indeed contrary to what most societies expect. The normal protocol is to get out there and make things happen; plan, strategize and execute. Although this approach is often successful, it is not a cure-all for life. What do we do when something comes along that we can’t handle or fix on our own?

It is at these times when God calls us to quietness and trust. This is when we can develop our faith in Him. The alternative is to continue to fret and worry in the clamor of our thoughts. The choice is ours, but God’s will is that we learn to trust in Him, the One who does have control over all of the outcomes in our lives.

The next time you hear the voice asking, “What am I going to do?” let us choose to “let go and let God” point us in the right direction. By talking with Him in prayer and reading the Bible, we can find the answers to just about anything life throws our way. It takes practice, but the result almost always makes us wiser and more capable of handling whatever may come next. We may even find ourselves being thankful for the situation later on as we help someone else navigate a straighter path through a similar obstacle.

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