Our high-pressure, stress-filled schedules are taking its toll. Dr. Joel Elkes* argues that our lifestyle is one of the leading causes of illness today. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that two-thirds of all doctor visits are stress-related because we now know that stress is a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, accidental injuries, and suicide. To combat stress, many people attend seminars or read countless books on the subject. But some find these resources only heighten the problem – which leads to even more stress! It can be a vicious circle.
Let’s face it – stress and pressure are a part of life. Even Jesus stated that no one was immune to it. His exact words were, “In this world, you’ll face much tribulation.” Tribulation or trouble also means pressure. He goes on to say, “…but take heart. I have overcome the world.” Jesus does not promise us freedom from pressure, but He does promise us peace amidst the stress. Inner peace is a by-product of knowing Christ as Savior and Lord. And the good news is, that it’s available to all who trust in Him.
Yes, stress and pressure might be an unavoidable part of life, but we don’t have to be crushed by it. Christ offers us HIS peace throughout life’s journey – no matter what stresses we face. And I can tell you from experience, that’s not a bad way to live!
*Joel Elkes is a renowned leader in Neuropsychopharmacology, a world-renowned psychiatrist, and the former Psychiatry-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.