Stress is ever present. Stress in children, teenagers, and college students. The stress of housewives, working mothers, laborers, business men, doctors, lawyers and ministers. And we think the stress is never our fault. It is always that other person or our situation which is causing the stress. But in reality, most stress is self-imposed. For example, we often make mistakes in our work. We realize that we are not perfect and so some mistakes are inevitable. And our reaction is simple, “I’m only human!”
But while we know we are not perfect, we push ourselves to the limit and say, “Well, you know I’m a perfectionist.” We push ourselves to attain the impossible goal. And we pressure ourselves beyond reason to reach the unreachable. Talk about stress and pressure. And the pressure is even worse when we fail. Then we must make excuses for ourselves.
One of the things we desperately need is some Biblical perspective. First, we need to recognize we are sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means we really aren’t perfect.
But there is a solution. And it is not pushing ourselves. The solution is Jesus Christ. For those who trust his sacrifice for sin and commit their lives to His service, He has a wonderful gift. They will be made like Him. And this does mean perfection. “We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2). And so Jesus Christ solves the dilemma of imperfect people reaching perfection. And He solves the related problem of stress.
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