Most people, even young boys and girls live under stress. They do so many activities but get little results. At the end of the day, they feel beaten and defeated and just hope for a better tomorrow. Sad truth is that tomorrow happens just like today – then the cycle continues till…
Do you want to have an ordered life? Do you want to live a life that is stress free? The key to a stress free life is an ordered life, lived on purpose. Purpose is realized by proper evaluation of what God wants your life to be about: your priorities.
Make God the centre of your life: Acts 17: 27 tells us that we live move and have our being in God. List your priorities but remember that God (and your personal relationship with Him) is not a priority. He is in fact, the centre of your life – your lifeline – and every other thing revolves round Him. If he is made a priority, situations may warrant a juggling of priority positions and God may be shifted to the rear at times.
In the solar system, the planets revolve round the sun which is at the centre of the orbit. Each planet gets her fuel and energy for function from the sun and engage daily with the sun to fulfill the grand plan, while keeping their distance to the sun constant. If any planet gets closer to the sun that it should, it melts and if other drifts farther than planned, it is lost in space and I think could freeze if far enough. Even God balanced the earth on the waters and it is not moved.
Take the sun as your walk with God and the planets as your priorities.
Start your day with God, then, list your priorities as planets around God. Let God be the energy of your day; let Him interact with each of your priorities daily and pick out which is to be on your to-do list or which one to be referred or discarded. Do not emphasize any area of your life at the expense of others. The moment one area of your life e.g. academics, wrongly rises above another area, there will be an imbalance and stress comes in. When you choose play over work in your priorities, stress ensues.
Priority is not about what is more important but, with God at the centre, it means what God would have you pay attention to per time. For a Christian, all our priorities should revolve round God. If a priority is not kept in perspective to God, it creates a problem for life. That is why God starts and end the day and dictates the course of a man’s life.
Stress is cured by purpose.
Even as good as sleep is, it does nothing beyond what the day allows: I can sleep for ten hours and still not get rested while I can sleep for four hours and have a good rest – it is God that gives rest. Psalm 127:2
Stress is not managed by lifestyle modifications, but by aligning your priorities and essence of life with God’s grand plan.
Create a balanced God-pursuing life and you will create a peaceful stress-free life.
Foot note: think of Romans 12:11-18 and consider what your priorities should be.