I think the Apostle Paul would laugh at some of our goals of “stress-free living.” Not because he would have had a desire for stress, but because of the lengths we go to avoid it!
We see stress as an enemy, but in reality, it is part and parcel of life—especially life in the ministry.
- How can you bear one another’s burden without enduring some stress?
- How can you love and lead people without demands on your time and energy?
- How can you be on the front lines of spiritual battle without the tension of spiritual warfare?
Yes, there is stress involved in ministry.
But there is a difference between living with stress and living “stressed out.” In contrast to our stressed out living, God offers His peace.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…—Colossians 3:15
So how can you live with stress and simultaneously walk with the peace of God ruling in your heart? (more…)