Stress Blocker

>> Saturday, December 21, 2013

The words from my car radio captured my attention.

“Ease everyday stress for a healthier mind and body.”

The voice continued with positive remarks about this magic pill that could promote relaxation, calmness and focus. Due to the three key powerful ingredients, the effects of stress on your body would be whisked away. And of course there was a financial cost attached.

As I drove, I pondered those words.
 
Everybody has stress in their lives…especially at the Christmas season…which is a sad commentary on the way we celebrate. Do most people even understand what really occurred with that birth? Talk about a Stress Blocker; Jesus is the ultimate. He comes with three key components, Himself, God and the Holy Spirit. And this Stress Blocker is free.
  
For me, these aren’t just words on paper. Many times my life has been off the stress chart. I’ve turned to the Stress Blocker time and again. I place my concerns in His hands and sleep soundly.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 (NLT)
  

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Selfie

>> Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last month the Oxford Dictionaries announced selfie as their international word of the year for 2013. Selfie is a picture taken of yourself with a mobile device. Since the use of the word selfie has increased by 17,000% in the last year, more than a few people have become acquainted with it.


However, I had never heard of it until my pastor used it in a sermon a few weeks ago. I did some research; hence, my previous declaration.

When I understood its definition, my thoughts immediately turned to the photos I had taken of an island in Lake Tahoe. Its beauty was magnificent. I wanted to share the wonder with those who could not make the trip. So as our tour boat traveled around the island, my camera shutter clicked 17 times.

Imagine my surprise when I excitedly looked at my wonderful pictures. Each one was of me. 17 selfies. Even though I had not meant to take portraits of myself, the results were the same.

Others deliberately take pictures of themselves. Facebook proves that.

But here’s my point. Whether you set out to show others who you are…or you have no intention of doing so…the result is the same. Each and every day we are presenting a selfie to the world.

What does yours look like?

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” Colossians 4:5-6 (MSG)



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Accustomed to the Dark

>> Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I avoid the intake of caffeine. Yet on a recent trip to Boise, I indulged…at Starbucks in the morning with chai…and then when I ate lunch. We arrived back in town at 2:00 and by the time I was served my Mexican food it was 3:00. I can’t eat Mexican without pop…so I partook of a diet Pepsi. And then a refill.

I should have known better.

That evening, for the first hour after we went to bed, I lay there wide-eyed, staring into the dark. Enough of that. I snuck from the bedroom feeling my way to the door. Traversing the living room I discovered the suitcases were still there. Finally I arrived at my office and turned on the light.

A blog was written.


Time to try the bed again…but this time I went through the kitchen to avoid the suitcases. Even though I had turned the lights off when I left my room, I paused at the bedroom door.

“I need to let my eyes get accustomed to the darkness so I can make my way to the bed.”

So I stood there. When I began to see shapes in the dark, I entered the bedroom and went to bed.


As I thought about that experience, I realized that life could happen just like that. We spend time in the light…doing good things…having high integrity…great morals. But something occurs to cause us to be in darkness…feeling our way. If we stay in that darkness long enough, it becomes familiar. We can find our way around without the light.

It’s easier to get away with bad behavior in the dark. Some people like it there and choose to stay.

For me, as a Christ-follower, I choose the Light.


“Make sure the light you think you have is not really darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you” Luke 11:36 (NLT)



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