This is something we all go through. We have one of those days where we just feel all wound up tight by the end of it. Sometimes we find ourselves saying things like, “Man! What a day!?! I need…”
Now, depending on how that sentence finishes…it could be good, it could be bad. For instance, if it ends “…a few drinks!” I think we need to stop and take a look at things. Or maybe “…to call my friend up and gossip about the people who made me mad today!”.
I know this is a dicey topic, and I’ll probably get a lot of flack for going here…but I’m okay with that. Before things get misunderstood though let me explain where I’m going here:
A few recent sermons at church contained mention of letting things that offend or upset you justify “that one sin”. How many times have we had a rough day and thought, “I didn’t want to do this…but I had a bad day!”?
Is there something you struggle with, or something that you take to a new level when you’re stressed out? Is it something that you wouldn’t do otherwise or that you use as a crutch when you’re stressed out?
Personally, I haven’t had a drink in about two weeks. It’s not that I haven’t wanted one, believe me I’ve had rough days. But that’s exactly why I haven’t. I started thinking of how I really don’t think that drinking alcohol is necessary, nor does it do anything good. So why do I do it? Most of the time it’s because of stress!
Now, having a drink is not a sin. We all can agree on that. But still, it’s the motives behind it. Am I drinking a beer because it goes good with my burger? Am I even having a burger? Am I even eating? Or am I doing it to unwind, because I know the chemical will alter my state of mind?
I realized that a lot of the time the latter was exactly why I was having that drink. I didn’t like that, so I am trying to change that. Maybe it’s a gray area, maybe it’s just how I feel about it…but the bottom line is that I didn’t want to do something in response to stress other than trust God, seek Him, and not change who I am.
For some it might be gossip, cursing, or some other sin that they are pretty good about except when they are under duress, then we give ourselves “a pass”.
What might it be for you? What can you replace that thing with?
I take a bike ride down to the beach access and look at the waves (and if I see some, I try and go surf!) sometimes. Just the alone time, time to pray, to have an escape from the house, the phone, etc.
Other times I’m able to put on a worship song and try to break myself down and remember what’s really important, and just how important it is.
At any rate, it’s hard. But dealing with stress in a constructive way, one that doesn’t separate part of our lives from God, is important.
Have a good day.