Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach


Pressure
November 1, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Christian Living, Lessons Learned, Life

I like smooth sailing. Yesterday, I took a Sunday stroll with friends around the lake in our area. It was so placid and serene. I want to sail along like the ducks on that lake. Life tends to sometimes feel more like a tug-of-war with me playing the part of the rope :) rather than a stroll or sailing on a serene lake. I feel pushed and pulled at the same time. There is a good thing that direction and there is an equally good thing the other direction. Which do I pursue? It would be so much easier if there was a red light to my left and a green light to my right. It would be so much easier if it was choosing between evil and good, but my choice isn’t usually between good and evil, it’s often between good and better. One thing has to be neglected to pursue the other.

We are not God. Admitting this tension in our lives, seeking God in prayer, resting in His sovereignty and goodness, and even saying no to some good things to pursue better things are all acts of worship. They admit that He is God and we are not. They admit that while He never grows weary or lacks resources, we do. Our strivings are futile, but our resting in Him gives us all the resources we need and displays His infinite worth.

Tension is not necessarily bad. It is a sign that you care about more. It is a sign that God has grown you to the point where He knows you are up to that struggle (I Cor. 10:13). You have grown enough to handle this week or God would not have let it happen. When the pressure is greater, you can rejoice knowing that as a believer God has grown you to the point where you can handle it. Not only have you grown to the point where you can handle it, but the tension and the pressure  will actually help you grow more (I Cor. 4:17-18). God is working in your something ifinitely more valuable and eternal than this light and momentary affliction. Things cook faster in a pressure cooker, and God tends to work through trials, pressures, and afflictions in a glorious way that makes you later savor that time in the pressure cooker.

So, if you are under pressure, remember these things and rejoice.

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