Yesterday, we talked about not being afraid of failure because it’s ultimately part of winning. Today, I want to talk to you about stress, and specifically encourage you to not be afraid of it.
Do you know that stress is actually good for you? In clinical psychology, there’s significant proof that not undergoing enough productive pressure is one of the leading causes of depression and anxiety. Even though magazines and media often make it seem like all strain is bad, there’s a type of stress called EU stress that comes when you’re doing new things. Very often, when you stay in the same cycle and do similar things every day, it gives rise to a sense of anxiety and depression because of the perception of being stuck. However, EU stress (EU comes from the Greek word for good) is what stretches you and causes you to grow. Just understanding this and assuming a more positive view of stress can make you healthier overall.
Friends, just like the Biblical heroes of the last century, the stress you face when you do good things for the Lord is part of the process of living a victorious life. It’s important to take breaks and pace yourself, but pushing your faith to the limit is an open invitation to Jesus to work miracles in your life. Power is not contained in comfort and stability, it is channeled through a risk-taking, radically trusting faith in the One with whom nothing is impossible!