Sep 6, 2013

Making Stress Your Friend

Kelly McGonigal shares thoughts at Ted. She suggests that embracing stress and supporting others in stress leads to resilience. She wraps up the video with this:

“Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort. Go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.” 

It reminded me of this verse:  

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 
                                                Philippians 4:4-9        
So what’s stressing you out today? What’s stressing your co-worker or spouse or kids out?

The Challenge:
  1. Take 1 minute to write out your stresses. Take another minute to write out the things that are stressing those around you. 
  2. Submit those things to God. 
  3. Now take action on each of these things. Make a plan to move forward in the things on your list and to embrace others and encourage them on their journey.
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