by Joe Alain

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The Privilege of Pressure (13 of 14)
Series: Acts
Joe Alain
Acts 12:1-5

Pressure is not always a bad thing. Sloan Stephens is an up and coming American tennis star who beat Serena Williams earlier this year and Maria Sharapova a couple of weeks ago. Recently she talked about the pressure of being on the big stage at such a young age. It can be quite intimidating and nerve wracking. Retired tennis player Billy Jean King gave her some counsel and encouragement and told her that playing in these high pressure moments was a privilege. I read that and thought about it and I realized that this is true. Pressure is a privilege. If Sloan Stephens wasn't all that good, she would not have the privilege of playing on such a big stage. And if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Pressure is not always a bad thing. It's a privilege.

Pressure is a sign of life! It means something is going on in your life, there is activity and that brings various pressures. We think that if we just could get rid of all these pressures in our life, things would be great. But if there's no pressure there's no life. We travel by a chemical plant and we see flaring, we know there is activity at that plant and they are venting some pressure. If there is no pressure the plant has shut down. We watch a rocket lift off which is the result of carefully vented pressure through the rocket's nozzles. If there is no pressure there is no lift off.

Pressure is not always a bad thing. It's a privilege. It's how you respond under pressure that matters. If there is a problem with the venting procedures in a chemical plant or a rocket motor, out-of-control pressures can lead to ruptures and can lead to deadly explosions. The difference between a rocket and a bomb is how the pressure is handled.

Pressure is not always a bad thing. It's a privilege. But it's all in how you respond to pressures in your life. Some people try to handle them on their own, in their own wisdom and strength. But that ...

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