How people handle stress can be a big way to set yourself apart from the crowd.
Are you the kind of person who takes charge, leads people well, fights the good battles, and seems to never stop or rest? All good things are worth fighting for, Right?
Or maybe you're more likely to hide away, duck out of the situation, and find a happy place. If its hard it can’t be worth it, Right?
Or are you that person who freaks out, gets angry, yells and huffs and puffs? It's not fair that things are hard, Right?
Or maybe you have a totally different style, or it depends on who is around, or how long has it been since you had a fresh breath of air.
In the end, it is all about self-control.
What is worth stuffing inside and what is worth letting out?
We all struggle with stress! Why? Not having enough time ... Unhealthy lifestyle ... Taking on too many things ... Conflicts in the workplace or at home ... Inability to accept things as they are ... Failure to take time out and relax ... Failure to trust God … wait … that couldn’t be why I'm stressed. The bible says
“I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens ME.” (my wrong emphasis added)
Or did I miss the point? Did anyone else see my pride enter the room like a giant boogie man coming to eat me? Yeah… me too!
So what is the answer?
Just have more Faith and Self-Control?
Why don’t we just fill the grocery cart with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, and Gentleness while we are at it - since it's that easy.
So, what is the answer when you don't like the way you react to stress?
I am no expert on this (just ask my husband), but I have found one thing that changes everything about me. It's that simple Sunday School answer: Jesus. It really is as simple as Stop, Drop, and Roll.
STOP what you are doing. It is not worth losing your witness over.
DROP to your knees. Spend some time with the One in Charge and say you are sorry.
ROLL over. You are Not in Charge. He is. Give whatever you're so stressed about to Him.
Well… I guess its time for me to go practice what I preach again.
Remember, it does not matter who you are or how different you feel, we all deal with stress every day, and we all act differently in response to it. Wherever that response takes you (panic attack or dark room binging Netflix) know that He loves you just the same and it is so much easier to put out a fire if you Stop, Drop and Roll.