Let’s talk about choices and changes. How do you process change? Do you ‘go with the flow’ or do you ‘dig your heels in’? We are all different and we all react differently in different circumstances with the different people in our lives. Most of us have a sort of inner guidebook directing us, usually created from our childhood family life.
But today as a grown up, we must make important decisions every day about what we: will eat, wear, who we speak to, where we work, what leisure activities we engage in, how we support others, if we belong to a church, a sports group or gym, what car to drive, which petrol station to go to— and on and on and on go these choices. And I haven’t even mentioned technology (yet). So let me do that!
The microchip has literally changed lives as communication is now instant, at our fingertips and plentiful. Which app? Which game? What photos to post? Who to post to, etc. We email, text, talk, watch, all whilst doing countless other things.
OVERLOAD! Stress overload. AND it's not good for us... Why?
We don't allow enough time to rest, recover and refresh but we do allow our minds to be assailed by information and communication continually. There is a psychological therapeutic measure called the stress overload scale – SOS. Apt hey? And this overload of continual stress, empirically leads to: body complaints, gastrointestinal disturbances, respiratory problems, moodiness, nervous habits and thinking disruptions. And most of us know what these feel like.
This is what I call the silent pandemic – it’s global –insidious and creeps up on most of us, unaware that there is a problem. But there is a problem. It’s cutting our lives short and ruining our relationships. What will you do about it?
We have too many choices of where, what, who, when etc. Let’s make a choice to take a break, spend some time with loved ones and friends, because life is way too short. Let’s not live with regrets but with a bit more abandon.
God tells us how to stop in so many ways in the Bible but I’ve chosen just one to bring this home right now:
‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46:10 NKJV
Please stop, take a break and live.
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