Less Stress

Have you ever thought, “I wish life were a little less stressful?” Maybe this Lenten season can be a time when you take your stress level down a few notches.

Lately, I have been enjoying a book that Amy passed on to me called “The Soul of Money” by Lynne Twist. This book that is required reading at many of our top universities like Harvard and Stanford has some profound insights for our day.

The author talks about how many of us come at life from a perspective of scarcity. We worry that we haven’t had enough sleep, that we don’t have enough time or money. With that mindset we tend to scramble for more and always feel like we come up short. If we shift to an understanding of the sufficiency of what God has provided then we can relax and, with gratitude, use what we have to make a difference in the world.

“When you let go of trying to get more of what you don’t really need, it frees up oceans of energy to make a difference with what you have.” Lynne Twist

God has a wonderful rhythm for us that includes all the rest and provision we need. This is the Sabbath rest that the Sunday morning class has been studying and this is the theme for our mid-week Lenten services.

During this season, are there some things that you and I might be able to let go of to obtain the gift of a quiet mind? The ripple effects of such a shift can help solve the problems of violence, oppression, and injustice in our world as Jesus works through us to bring a greater measure of peace to each of our little worlds.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Jesus

One example of such a shift came to me from a forgotten source, but it’s a good one! Instead of “waiting,” consider all the times that you get to pause during your day (at a stoplight, in the line at the grocery or DMV, in a traffic jam…) as an opportunity to pray and enjoy all that is around you. See it as a present from God that helps you slow down and ponder God’s goodness for a moment. Try it out, you may find that it makes your day a little less stressful.

Peace to you.
Pastor Bob