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Post  Admin on Thu 03 Mar 2011, 12:18 pm

THE MIRACLE CURE FOR STRESS

Pills, books, trinkets all promise to calm your nerves and relieve your
stress. But Jesus Christ has a more sure way, and it doesn't cost a cent.

Copyright 2002 / Leslie A Turvey

"All stressed out? Reach for Stress-Ex, the wonder pill that guarantees a
good night's sleep, and a wonderfully calm day."

You've heard too many commercials like this, haven't you? If those pills
enriched with vitamins ABC to XYZ did what they promise, the suppliers
wouldn't
be able to keep up with the demand. We'd be the coolest, calmest, and most
collected nation in the world.

Books and more books offer stress-busting advice. For the most part the
stress they bust is the author's financial headaches.

Trinkets of all sorts have scooped our money to help us relax. There's
subliminal message audio tapes, soothing music tapes with sounds of nature,
squishy
balls to squeeze, not-so-squishy rollers to ease those aches and pains. I
have a worry stone: a small flat piece of polished onyx. Close your eyes and
gently rub the stone with your thumb to calm those frazzled nerves. Guess
how well it works.

There's Yoga, T'ai Chi, and a dozen other oriental exercises. Of course you
should be on a diet of bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and Oolong tea for
best
results.

Jesus had something to say about stress management. Oh, I know those words
aren't found anywhere in the bible, but studies show people who make
forgiveness
a habit have less stress, less illness, and make fewer trips to the doctor,
than those who harbour angry grudges.

Sure that road-rat cut you off in traffic. It's tempting to blast your horn,
and grumble about it for the next hundred miles, but does that solve
anything?
And do you know his circumstances? Was he responding to an emergency?
Perhaps rushing to a hospital where the staff is fighting to save his son,
injured
in a shooting at school? Considering what might be the cause of his haste,
doesn't it seem right to offer a quiet prayer, "Lord, thank you there wasn't
an accident. Please help that fellow get safely to his destination. " You
can't be angry and forgiving at the same time.

Anger is self-defeating. It tightens your muscles, inflates your blood
pressure, and saps your energy. Continuous anger is toxic to the spirit, can
result
in social withdrawal, robs your peace of mind, and can even cause physical
damage. Is it worth it?

When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive someone he wondered
if seven times was enough. You can just see him shouting, "OK buddy. That's
it. I've forgiven you seven times, but now you've had it." Kapow!

Well, the Kapow! might relieve the anger for the moment, but will it really
help in the long run? Jesus knew it wouldn't. That's why he told Peter, "I
tell
you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22)."
Forgiveness was good for Peter, and it's good for you and me.

The apostle Paul gives us a clue about forgiveness. He wrote, "Be kind to
one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has
forgiven
you" (Ephesians 4:32).

Kind. Tenderhearted. Forgiving. Wonderfully calming words are they.
Forgiveness is not a religious concept, but a miracle cure for stress in
your life.
And it doesn't cost a cent.
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