Succeed Through Established Practices part 3
d. Establish the habit of handling tension
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Two honest questions will reveal where you are at in the stress and tension of your life:
- Is your schedule stretched? Not necessarily with bad things. But is it packed?
- Are your emotions extreme? Are you short with people and more focused on the projects rather than the people? are you lonely or sad about the season of time you are in?
As stated before when you are under stress and tensions, we are also more vulnerable to our “drug of choice” to be soothed and escape from the tensions. This can be a trigger and a strong pull of temptation. You must establish a new way in handling your tensions rather than escaping to the fantasy world of sex that leads you to sin. [For review go here to find out why escaping to the fantasy world is easier] Let me give you four quick practices:
- ‘Fess Up- acknowledge to God that what you are under for pressure, stress and anxiety is something you can’t handle, and that you need Jesus to take the burden away. The Lord does at times gives us more than we can handle, so that we will lean stronger on him and as a result, bring him greater worship and glory.
- Pray Up- Cast your cares to him, for he cares for you (1 Pete 5:7) Make Christ your fountain of peace and calm that you need. On the second busiest day of his ministry, Jesus took extra time with the Father. Get into the habit of praying-on-the-go. Deep and sincerely praying and casting.
- Rest Up- Take time for adequate sleep. Go to bed earlier. Running harder, doesn’t mean you get more done. It often means you are putting out more than you are getting in return for the desired result.
- Give Up- You need to give up in two ways. First look at your schedule and cancel things. Even if it is for a season. It doesn’t have to be forever. But just to have a release of responsibility or pressure that those events create. Give up idle time that you do have in favor of something different. Give up the surfing the computer, tv, and any other tempting time waster. In these times of tension you must guard your heart and eyes especially diligently. Second, give up harmful emotional baggage.Don’t burn in bitterness, or wallow in loneliness. These are decisions everyday! Forgive and be filled. Get the counseling help you may need in order to address these or other issues.
Exposing God’s grace into your situation is the heart behind these practices. Establish the new habit of handling tension in the overflow of Gis moment by moment grace which can free you.