Thursday, October 25, 2007

SURVEY SAYS!

Results are in from a recent survey and here they are from the wires:

"We're stressed out, we can't sleep, we're drinking too much - and it's getting worse.
Forty-eight percent of Americans say they're more stressed now than they were five years ago, and the same percent report regularly lying awake at night because of stress, according to a new study by the American Psychological Association.
"The high stress levels that many Americans report experiencing can have long-term health consequences, ranging from fatigue to obesity and heart disease," Newman said.
The study found that as a result of stress, 54 percent of people have fought with loved ones, and 8 percent say stress has led to separation or divorce.
More than three-quarters of respondents say stress is making them sick, from headaches (44 percent) to upset stomach (34 percent) and grinding their teeth (17 percent)."

It would be interesting if the survey indicated if any of the respondents were followers of Christ. As following Him should make a difference in these exact areas. While life is not any less stressful, and in fact at times it is more for a believer in Christ, there should be a difference in how we handle it. The Word of God tells us to cast all of our cares on him for He cares for us. We are also told that He gives us a peace that the world cannot understand. These are some of the absolute truths that are promised for His children. If Christ is your Savior and you find yourself indentifying more with the results of the survey and less with the truth of the Word of God, it is time to take inventory of your walk with the Lord. Have you been spending time with Him in the Word and Prayer? Are you in fellowship with a local Bible preaching church? Is there some unconfessed sin in your life?

Take stock of these areas of your life as God would have His children able to take a survey like the one above and in spite of circumstance and because of their faith in Him, be able to honestly say that there is a peace and contentment beyond explanation!

blog you later,
pastor tom
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