Stress. Been there. Done that. Designed the t-shirt.
I bet you have, too.
In a recent “aha moment” I discovered a huge source of stress in my life. Since I know I’m not the only one who has ever dealt with this, I thought I would share it with you. Maybe it will help you like it helped me. I hope so.
My big revelation went something like this.
There are some things I can affect. Others I can’t. Apparently sometimes I forget the latter. Responsibility is a big deal with me. I take my work, calling, relationships and assignments very seriously.
Sometimes too seriously.
Sometimes I take on the care of things I can’t really affect. Whenever I catch myself doing that, it’s a great time to humble myself and admit there are many things above my pay grade. Actually, above the grace given me to do MY PART. If doing my part won’t affect the perceived problem, I have to know that it’s beyond my grace, beyond my influence, beyond my control.
Stress comes in when I insist on going out beyond my grace and assignment, assuming the responsibility of others. That, my friends is a recipe for pressure.
Time to humble myself again. Time to rest in the grace given for my assignment.
Here are two great tests of humility, both of which I have recently failed. Honestly ask yourself how you look in the mirror of these scriptures:
“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” ~ Psalm 131:1 (NIV
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…” ~ Romans 12:3 (NIV)
Anyone care to join me today as I humble myself, do my part and trust God with the rest?