Here are some de-stress tips. An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more.. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You every day.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favourite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you, Jesus.”
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
– Author Unknown
Meditation: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
There was a famous research scientist who had made several very important medical breakthroughs. He was interviewed by a newspaper reporter who asked him why he thought he was able to be so much more creative than the average person. What set him so far apart from others?
He responded that, in his opinion, it all came from an experience with his mother that occurred when he was about two years old. He had been trying to remove a bottle of milk from the refrigerator when he lost his grip on the slippery bottle and it fell, spilling its contents all over the kitchen floor – a veritable sea of milk!
When his mother came into the kitchen, instead of yelling at him, giving him a lecture, or punishing him, she said, “Robert, what a great and wonderful mess you have made! I have rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage has already been done. Would you like to get down and play in the milk for a few minutes before we clean it up?”
Indeed, he did. After a few minutes, his mother said, “You know, Robert, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up and restore everything to its proper order. So, how would you like to do that? We could use a sponge, a towel, or a mop. Which do you prefer?”
He chose the sponge and together they cleaned up the spilt milk.
His mother then said, “You know, what we have here is a failed experiment in how to effectively carry a big milk bottle with two tiny hands. Let’s go out in the back yard and fill the bottle with water and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.”
The little boy learned that if he grasped the bottle at the top near the lip with both hands, he could carry it without dropping it. This renowned scientist then remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn’t need to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes were just opportunities for learning something new, which is, after all, what scientific experiments are all about. Even if the experiment “doesn’t work,” we usually learn something valuable from it.
Wouldn’t it be great if all parents would respond the way Robert’s mother responded to him? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all respond to people we manage in a similar manner too by helping someone learn from his/her mistakes?
Meditation: For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. – Proverbs 24:16
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
A king had a male servant who, in all circumstances, always said to him; “My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes.”
One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger. Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; “if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger.”
The servant replied, ‘”Despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong.” Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant. While being taken to prison, he told the king again, “God is Good and Perfect.”
Another day, the king left alone for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice. On the altar, the savages found out that the king didn’t have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not “complete” to be offered to the gods. On his return to the palace, he ordered the release of his servant and said; “My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go.
“But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison?” His servant replied; “My king, if I had not been put in prison, I would have gone with you, and would have been sacrificed because I have no missing finger.”
Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong. Often we complain about life and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that everything happens for a purpose.
God knows why you are reading this message today. Please bless someone with it by sharing it. God is good and perfect!!!
Meditation: As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. – Psalm 18:30
You will succeed because Jesus loves You!
…walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
– Ephesians 4:1
The second category of purpose is situational purpose. It is both general and specific. General in the sense that it is applicable in many settings; specific because the manner you fulfil it in one place may not be the same way you will achieve it in another.
This is the kind of purpose that relates to specific callings. We all have multiple callings with attendant roles in different contexts: as husband, wife, parent, child, student, leader, worker, member of a community, citizen of a country, member of a church, politician, and so on. These are all callings with different roles attached to them. And, in performing such roles, you are either fulfilling purpose or neglecting it.
God does not make mistakes. And nothing happens without either His knowledge; His contrivance, in the event such happening is from Him; or His permission where such is an act of the devil. “Known to God from eternity are all His works” (Acts 15:18). Nothing catches God by surprise; absolutely nothing.
So, wherever you find yourself, God knew even before you were born that you would be there. He knew you were going to marry that man/woman; He was also in the know about the identity of your child, parents, or siblings. He knows you are where you presently work or worship. He positions you in places for a reason – so that you could execute a specific mission there.
Let’s use the instance of where you work; God put you there for a reason greater than your job description or paycheque. He put you there for a noble reason, to add value to the firm and make a difference in the lives of fellow humans such as your co-workers and/or outsiders whom you meet in the course of your work. And in fulfilling your duties or playing your roles, you are fulfilling purpose, a situational purpose.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things…
– Ecclesiastes 7:25
Still in continuation of our meditation on purpose, let us further consider some sublime thoughts on purpose and related matters from James Allen’s classic, As A Man Thinketh:
– Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.
– Man is buffeted by circumstances as long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being; he then becomes the rightful master of himself.
– Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.
– Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent achievement.
– Aimlessness is a vice.
– They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, and self-pityings…which lead…to failure, unhappiness, and loss.
– To put away aimlessness and weakness and t
o begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. Who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.
– Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.
– He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.
– Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes a creative force. He who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger…He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
– Habakkuk 3:17-18
Challenges and vicissitudes of life may just be a test of your faith and commitment to God. They may not be because of your sins, but are meant to see what your disposition to God would be when the going gets tough. This was the case of Job who suffered much ruinous afflictions, not because he was the worst sinner of his time, but because there was a need to place him in term of his loyalty to God in the face of adversity.
It is easy to worship God and be committed to His works when things are going smoothly. But when situation becomes rough and everything seems to be going downhill, that is when the real devout are known. Adversity reveals the true nature of any man – just like money and power.
When Job was at the lowest ebb of his life, even his wife who must have been so sweet and supportive of his previous devotion to God could not contain the hardship any longer and had to blurt out, “Curse God and die!”
What is your own attitude when you are beset with trials? Are you the type who starts to wag his finger toward heaven, daring the existence of God and demanding His immediate intervention? Or you are the type who maintains an attitude of worship affirming the sovereignty and goodness of God despite your own conditions? What do you say when you are tossed by the storms of life? Do your words glorify God or cast aspersion on His ability? Do you still thank Him for what you have or you are preoccupied with what you don’t have and thus become ungrateful and critical?
As our reference scripture suggests, adversity and lack should not rob us of our sense of gratitude to God. We owe all to Him. For all you know, your present situation may just be a test of your worship. Will you still praise Him or continue to whine about what is not or what should have been?
Don’t you think you have a reason to hang on?
You will succeed in Jesus Name!