Speaking of Life

Tension and Stress

Do you ever feel like you need to decompress after a long day? Jesus offers rest in these times.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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I think I am reasonably mechanically minded. I can usually figure out how to use the various devices and gadgets that seem to be so much a part of life today.

But there is one machine that defeats me. I have no idea how it works or how to use it: my wife’s sewing machine.    

The last time I watched her using it I had to ask what one of the controls was for. She said “That is the tension release button”. I thought, “I could do with one of those. If only I had a tension release button!”

In one sense I do. When everything is getting to me, which it does more often than I care to admit, I try to find a quiet moment. Sometimes I need to create it in my mind. At other times I find a place away from the immediate hustle and bustle, and I pray. I pray that God would give me some peace and help me face whatever the issue is, without feeling so stressed. In that way, for a brief period of time, I rest in the Lord, and it relaxes me. The problem might not go away, but the tension is released. 

It reminds me of a scripture in the Old Testament book of Zephaniah. The prophet wrote to the Israelite captives, wanting to give them hope in their desperate situation. Don’t worry, he explained to them, let go of the weight of your concerns. “You’ve carried those burdens long enough” Zephaniah 3:18 (The Message). 

When we take our burdensome problems to the Lord, He helps us feel less stressed. Jesus invites those who are weary and heavy burdened to come to Him, and He will give them rest.

The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stretched too thin, take a moment and turn to Christ. Say a prayer – and let him take the tension away.

I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.

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