Stress is a part of life we all experience, and with my book’s new release, basketball season around the corner, and a high amount of traffic in ISS lately, I’ve been going through quite a bit of it myself as of late! As I go through this somewhat stressful (but very exciting) period of life, I’ve found the following three truths to be extremely helpful and comforting:
1) Control what you can control and let God take care of the rest.
2) Failure is okay.
“The man who tries something and fails is infinitely better than the man who tries nothing and succeeds.”
3) The Bible’s most common command: “Do not be afraid.”
All three of these principles are things that have helped me in times of stress. They allow me to appreciate the sovereignty of God and that I can trust Him with the uncontrollable. Additionally, they allow me to accept failing at something as long as I know I did my best. Lastly, I’m reminded I don’t have to be afraid of failure, others’ opinions, or any sort of issue that may come up because I know my God is trustworthy and commands me to be courageous.
These things have been vital for me in overcoming stress and I encourage you to use them for yourself when you’re going through a stressful time in your life.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”–Philippians 4: 6-7