Pressure

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A lot of my friends have expressed to me recently that they feel overwhelmed, stressed out, too busy, overloaded, or all of the above. It’s easy to fall into a routine of eating, sleeping, and working that quickly becomes monotonous and lonesome. If you are swamped or simply lacking inspiration, here are some things to encourage you.

Most importantly, you never have time not to spend time with God. Give Him your best of every day, no matter how much work there is to do. He will open up time you didn’t know you had.

You will get done in a day what God wants done. Ultimately, we do not choose what is most important, He does. It is not wise to waste the time He has given you or to use time He has not given you.

Keep a wide perspective. Will the things that are stressful right now matter in one year? Five years? Do they even matter in the first place?

Stay connected to people beyond what social networking offers. (In fact, if you feel like you don’t have enough time, cut social networking to a minimum, or even cut it altogether.) Take opportunities to chat with your family, converse with a friend face-to-face, and laugh at something that isn’t on the Internet.

When you don’t know what to do, just do the next thing.

Find a quote or verse that inspires you and write it on a post-it where you can see it. (Or write a dozen if you like.) One of my personal “slogans” right now is “Work, pray, love,” so I have that posted over my desk. Another one is that Coco Chanel quote I keep saying — “There is time for work and there is time for love. That leaves no other time.” A few more are Galatians 6:9, Psalm 43:3, Isaiah 43:18-19, and Proverbs 3:3.

This quote might be a bit long for one post-it note, but it certainly is thought-provoking.

Work is a blessing. [YES! A BLESSING!] God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures. — Elizabeth Elliot

The pressure is temporary. It won’t rain every day. You are loved.

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