SPIRITUAL LIVING IN A STRESSFUL WORLD
Contemporary Americans are losing the battle with
stress. Stress is a leading reason why 230 million
prescriptions for tranquilizers are filled annually.
Stress is a leading reason for a million heart attacks
each year. Stress is a leading cause for 8 million
ulcers. Stress is a leading cause of about 50 million
adults and 2.5 million children experiencing high
Speaking here in America, the Director of the National
Institute of Mental Health of England said, "The whole
Western world is under stress. It is one of the
fastest growing diseases in the world."
Kevin Carter could never escape his native country
South Africa's turmoil. For a decade, he photographed
vivid pictures of repression and strife in it. Last
year, he went back to a famine-racked Sudan, and came
upon a child starving, being stalked by a vulture. He
photographed the scene, an image that won him a
Pulitzer Prize, then chased the vulture away. As the
child resumed her walk to a feeding station, he lit a
cigarette, and wept. Two weeks later, at age 33, he
pumped carbon monoxide into his pickup truck, and
killed himself. His father explained, Kevin, couldn't
escape the stress of his life, and work, long enough
to enjoy life!
Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
I guess we would all agree that is a pretty crucial
question. How do you live a "Spiritual Life in
Stressful Times?" How do you live ready when
everything around you is so ungodly?
Paul knew it was hard to live a "Spiritual Life in
Stressful Times" and he got concerned about this and
he wrote to a young Christian by the name of Titus and
gave to him a formul ...
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