“…And your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” – Ephesians 6:15
People today live such high pressure-filled lives, and it’s taking its toll. Dr. Joel Elkes* says, “Our mode of life – the way we live – is emerging as today’s main cause of illness. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that two-thirds of all visits to doctors are stress related, and that stress is now known as the major contributor to heart disease, cancer, accidental injuries, and suicide.
People attend stress seminars and devour books on stress. Sometimes they find that just focusing on it makes them more uptight. But, let’s face it – stress and pressure are a part of life. Even Jesus Christ promised us that we’ll all face it. He said, “In this world you’ll face much tribulation.” Tribulation 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. The good news is, it’s available to all who trust in Him.
Yes, pressure is a part of life, but Christ gives us peace amidst the pressure. 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.